2022 Student Art Show Winners

The Geneva Lake Arts Foundation is proud to announce the winners in their Annual High School Student Art Exhibition. Students representing five local high schools had the opportunity to show their work at the Foundation’s Gallery 223 in Lake Geneva from April 7-10 and compete for prizes. The winning entries were selected by professional artist and former art teacher Lisa Dukowitz and announced at a reception for the winners at the Gallery on April 7.

Winning artists included:

Dia Patel, Best of Show
Dia Patel, from Delavan/Darien High School, was awarded Best of Show honors

Dia Patel of Delavan/Darian High School was awarded the Neal and Dotsy Heffernan Memorial Best of Show award for a charcoal piece entitled “A Spotlight of Our Own.” Heather Brewer of the Lake Geneva Rotary Club presented the award on behalf of the Heffernan family.

Ava Gramacki, Louis Mergener Memorial Award
Artist Ava Gramacki (L) was awarded the Louis Mergener Memorial Award for Outstanding Work by Tracey Mergener, in honor of her father.

Ava Gramacki, of Elkhorn High School, won the Louis Mergener Memorial Award for Outstanding Work for a digital drawing “Death of True Love.” The award was presented by Tracey Mergener in honor of her father.

Brigitte Duvall, Williams Bay High School, was selected for the Martin Smith Memorial Award for Creative Work for her oil painting.

Ellie Kopek, Young Emerging Artitsty
Badger High School'’s Ellie Kopek was awarded the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation Young Emerging Artist award for her set of painted porcelain mugs.

Ellie Koepke of Badger High School was awarded the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation Young Emerging Artist Award for her set of porcelain mugs.

The John K. Larson Award for Most Innovative Work went to Shaelyn Todd, of Big Foot High School, for her display of clay pieces. The award was presented by Sharon Larson.

The Geneva Lake Arts Foundation Merit Award was awarded to five students including:

  • Olivia Wiley, collage photography, Williams Bay High School

  • Elijah Falbo, digital print, Badger High School

  • Sophia Kessel, mixed media, Elkhorn High School

  • Landre Staggs, pinhole photography, Bigfoot High School

  • Maria Shackett, copper, brass, enamel jewelry, Delavan/Darien High School

Judge Lisa Dukowitz talks with GLAF award winning artist Landre Staggs about his pinhole photography process.

Judge Lisa Dukowitz earned her MFA from the UW Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts in painting and drawing. She has taught both college and high school level art, and also studied printmaking and photography. Lisa won the coveted Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellowship, as well as multiple gold keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Lisa is a member of GLAF, and has recently set aside teaching to concentrate on creating earthy, modern art full-time.

The Geneva Lake Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, formed for the purpose of encouraging individual artistic growth and excellence. It works to foster a community appreciation of the fine arts through a regular schedule of shows, monthly programs, classes, demonstrations and workshops. Their very popular Art in the Park, a juried fine arts exhibition, is scheduled for August 13-14, 2022 in Flat Iron Park.

Visitors to Lake Geneva can enjoy gallery art nearly every day in the Foundation’s Gallery 223. The gallery is located at 223 Broad Street in downtown Lake Geneva and is open 10 am to 5 pm Thursday through Monday - closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The gallery hosts new exhibits every six to eight weeks, featuring members’ original paintings, drawings, photos, jewelry, pottery and much more.

For more information, phone the Gallery 223 at 262-249-7988.