The Utah Senate received over 300 submissions from high school students for its annual Utah Senate Visual Art Contest. 28 students were recognized on the senate floor on February 5. The winning student won a $5000 scholarship toward their college fund, and the rest of the winners won other various scholarships.
This year’s contest theme was entitled The People of Utah, asking artists to include one human Utah figure.
Fast Forward Charter High School senior Anne Jetton was one of the 28 students to receive an award this year, and was the only winner from Cache Valley. She was awarded a $500 scholarship for her pencil sketch entitled See Through Me.
“So [the sketch] was half of an Indian woman’s face, it was a modern face," she said. "The person in question had makeup on, and everything, however she also had traditional Indian headgear to symbolize that the tradition is not lost with the new generation.”
The black and white sketch is currently on display at the Utah State Capitol, along with all of the other winning entries.
“I’ve been drawing my whole life," Jetton said. "I never really had any formal teaching other than just some classes.”
Jetton is an art ambassador at her school, which requires her to enter many competitions around the state.