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Artist Yurina Kim receives Scholastic Art Award

March 22, 2019
By KCS Staff

Inspired by a visit to Tiananmen Square during the 11th/12th grade China Trip, senior Yurina Kim's painting, Rainy Tiananmen Square, recently garnered attention at the 2019 Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards. During the March 16 awards ceremony, Yurina was honored as a Silver Key recipient. Out of the 2000 art works and portfolios submitted, Yurina was one of 332 students recognized by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

While the events that occurred at Tiananmen Square in 1989 represent a dark time in China's history, Yurina wanted to communicate a message of hope and a brighter future for China. She conveyed this in her piece using vibrant, colorful umbrellas and capturing light in the reflections. Receiving the Silver Key award has given Yurina confidence, as well as the motivation and determination to continue to express her worldview through her art. She looks forward to continuing to develop her art career in college.

Yurina also received a $50 cash prize and a one-year membership to the Windward Artists Guild. Her painting will be on exhibit at the Hawaii State Art Museum until April 19. Congratulations, Yurina!