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Dubas, GISH art students earn statewide recognition


Grand Island Senior High is making waves in art, both from the instruction and the student side.

Dubas wins Arts in Education award

Grand Island Senior High art teacher Jerome Dubas has received the Excellence in Arts Education Governor's Arts Award as "an individual who has made a long-term, outstanding contribution to arts education in the Nebraska."

The biennial Governor's Arts Awards is Nebraska's premier event in recognizing individuals and organizations that shape our state's artistic landscape. The impact of the arts, and these honorees, is felt in the classroom, the economy and the community. 

Dubas has been a strong force in growing and strengthening the art programs within the Grand Island Public Schools. He has been teaching for thirty-seven years in the public schools. During his tenure at Grand Island Senior High School he has helped double the enrollment in the art classes. He is also an adjunct instructor of art at Hastings College, teaching the pottery and clay sculpture courses for the past twenty-four years.

When he was awarded the Kim West Dinsdale Award for Excellence in Teaching, he was not only described as having a passion for art, but having a true passion for his students. The engaging lessons and fertile studio environment he provides his students offers opportunities for them to produce award-winning art. Their work has been well represented in state and national art shows and competitions. He diligently takes his students to art galleries and museums in Nebraska as well as national conferences to further their knowledge and appreciation for the arts.

Fostering large projects has been an earmark of his teaching career. From the early days when his students would conduct a day of workshops and an art competition for 250 students from 25 neighboring schools at the Sandy Creek Art Clinic, to Grand Island students making and installing large outdoor public art. In their latest venture, they have renovated and maintain a professional gallery in downtown Grand Island. UNDRground Contemporary Arts provides exhibition space to emerging and established artists. In turn, innovative and experimental visual art is accessible to the community of Grand Island. Art students from Grand Island Senior High are directly involved in every aspect of the operation of the gallery.

77 GISH artwork pieces accepted into Scholastic Art Awards show

Seventy-seven works of art made by 49 students were accepted into the Scholastic Art Awards juried show. Three thousand art entries are submitted into the regional show in Omaha, and 300,000 entries are entered nationwide. If your art is accepted into the state show and receives a gold key award, it will automatically be entered into the national show. Only 300 pieces are accepted into the national show.

Students who were awarded gold keys are: Alexis Leetch, Jonathan Price, Norma Schovey, Belle Tran, Justin Turnbull, Abigail Cabrales, Juan Cortes, Alex Francisco, Adriana Catalan, Danielle Goscha, Kyle Hix-Wood, Selena Jimeniz, Nichole Sallinger, and Elise Vahle. Adriana Catalan received an American Visions award (best of show) and her work, "Untitled," is automatically accepted in the National Scholastics Show in New York.

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