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For more information please contact: 

The Youth De’VIA Competition Coordinator 

Sherry Gabel
sgabel@kssdb.org






The Kansas School for the Deaf
and
The Deaf Cultural Center Announce

The 2016 Youth De’VIA Competition established to honor the memory of De’VIA artist Chuck Baird 

     

This competition was for all deaf school-age children and youth. Artists were encouraged to incorporate one or more aspects of Deaf people’s communication, culture, or history in their submissions. Submission of art was solicited in three categories: 
  • Two Dimensional Art 
  • Photography 
  • Computer Generated Art (Graphic Design) 
Art was judged in three grade groups in each category: 
  • Elementary (K-5) 
  • Middle School (6-8) 
  • High School (9-12) 
The Youth De'VIA Competition received 437 pieces of artwork from 10 states. The artwork was incredible and KSD is very proud of all the submissions. All winners in each grade group received a certificate of recognition and a gift.

Learn more about the competition judges Ellen Mansfield, Nancy Rourke, Alex Whilhite, and Marie Jo Earls below.

2D Category Winners 

 Grades K-1

     
 
1st Place
"Waves"
Savannah Fewel
Maryland School for the Deaf


2nd Place
"Fish"
Phealon Keen
Kansas School for the Deaf
 
3rd Place
"Gold Fishes"
Phoebe Muzzy
Kansas School for the Deaf

Honorable Mention
"ASL Colors"
Sekerive Hussein
Metro Deaf School
 

Grades 2-3

     
 
1st Place
"Cheetah"
Kaylie Fenton
Metro Deaf School

 
2nd Place
"Beautiful Hands"
Shiloh Sandager
Metro Deaf School
 
3rd Place
"Lion"
Dorina Her
Metro Deaf School
 
Honorable Mention
"Preserve ASL"
Tyler Todorovic
Maryland School for the Deaf

Grades 4-5 

             

1st Place
"No. 55"
Asad Ali
Kansas School for the Deaf
 
 
2nd Place
"Deaf Cat"
Jon Leitzke
Metro Deaf School
 
3rd Place
"Dark Force"
Zandis Mansfield
Maryland School for the Deaf

 Honorable Mention
"Am I Your Savage Because I am Deaf"
Soleo Wheeler
Indiana School for the Deaf
 

Middle School

     

1st Place
"International Sign Language"
Madison Bongard
Wisconsin School for the Deaf
 
 
2nd Place
"Deaf Puzzles"
Tao Yi Dallmann
Wisconsin School for the Deaf
 
3rd Place
"Equity"
Kenneth Kennedy
Georgia School for the Deaf
 
Honorable Mention
"ASL Deaf World"
Esma Rayner
Metro Deaf School

Honorable Mention
"ASL Deaf World"
Esma Rayner
Metro Deaf School
 
   

High School

 
     

1st Place
"Swaying Candle"
Teresa Baumgarnter
Wisconsin School for the Deaf
 

2nd Place
"Opposite Color of Numbers"
Garrett Gigot
Kansas School for the Deaf
 
 
3rd Place
"Field Hockey"
Kaya Cortes
Deleware School for the Deaf
 
Honorable Mention
"Visual Communication" 
Haley Sanders
Kansas School for the Deaf
 3D Category   

Grades K- 1 

   
 
1st Place
"Disappointed"
Malaika Drayton
Wisconsin School for the Deaf   
 

2nd Place
"ILY"
Taydn Eastman
Kansas School for the Deaf


3rd Place
"Octopus"
Kayelin Scates
Indiana School for the Deaf 

Honorable Mention
"Owl"
Harmony Tucker
Indiana School for the Deaf 
Grades 2 - 3 


   

1st Place
"Peacock"
Abigail Johnston
Kansas School for the Deaf
 
 
2nd Place
"Balance"
Allie Brown
Kansas School for the Deaf
 
3rd Place
"Laughing"
Julia Vollmer
Wisconsin School for the Deaf
 
Honorable Mention
"Whale"
Tyler McCallum
Kansas School for the Deaf

Grades 4 - 5 

   

1st Place
"Snail"
Jason Kostrzewa
Kansas School for the Deaf    
 
2nd Place
"Cook"
Treiy Harp
Kansas School for the Deaf
 
3rd Place
"Deaf Person Stuck"
Kayla Jewett
Indiana School for the Deaf

Honorable Mention
"AG Bell Restrained"
Trey Smith
Indiana School for the Deaf 

Middle School 

   

1st Place
"Beach"
Avery Meza
Kansas School for the Deaf 
 
2nd Place
"Wolf"
Abbey Labine
Kansas School for the Deaf
 

3rd Place
"Helicopter
Alina Symansky
Kansas School for the Deaf
 


High School 

   

1st Place
"Heart Hears"
Caitlin Wetzel
Lancaster High School, Ohio 
 
2nd Place
"Creation"
Rachel Taylor
Kansas School for the Deaf
 

3rd Place
"Dinosaur"
JyAjia Bratten
Delaware School for the Deaf
 
Honorable Mention
"Dolphin"
Daisy Perez
Deleware School for the Deaf
    
 Photography Category   
 
Grades K-1

   

1st Place
"Fishes"
Audrie Bridenthal
Indiana School for the Deaf 
   
 
Grades 2-3
   

1st Place
"penguin"
Kayla Bentley
Indiana School for the Deaf 
 
2nd Place
"Whale"
Presley Taylor
Indiana School for the Deaf
 

3rd Place
"Plants"
Hailey Mayo
Indiana School for the Deaf
 
Honorable Mention
"Fishes"
James Yakym
Indiana School for the Deaf
 
Grades 4-5

   

1st Place
"Deaf in Hearing's Pocket"
Kylie Steele
Indiana School for the Deaf 
 

2nd Place
"America"
Kyle Merkel
Indiana School for the Deaf 
 
3rd Place
"Turtle:
Wyatt Mathieux
Indiana School for the Deaf
 
Honorable Mention
"Oh La La La Mirror"
Levi Wood
Indiana School for the Deaf
    
 High School   

1st Place
"Train-Gone"
Donnie Hallmark
Kansas School for the Deaf 
 

2nd Place
"Focus"
Abdul Wadood
Kansas School for the Deaf
 
3rd Place
"I Cannon Hear and I Cannot Scream"
Brycen Laning
Kansas School for the Deaf

Honorable Mention
"Cool"
Katia Grace
Kansas School for the Deaf 

Computer Generated/Digital Changed Category 

     
Grades 2 - 3    

1st Place
"Stream"
Melissa Eicher
Indiana School for the Deaf 


2nd Place
"Talking Through Windows
Leokadia Saunders
Indiana School for the Deaf
 
3rd Place
"No ASL Wanted at AGB School"
Leon Lefors 
Indiana School for the Deaf
 

Honorable Mention
"Owl"
Leokadia Saunders
Indiana School for the Deaf
 Grades 4 - 5

   

1st Place
"Eye of Affirmation"
Rocco Bauer 

2nd Place
"Hear or Not"
Gabrielle Majeri
Indiana School for the Deaf 
 
3rd Place
"Black Hole of Negatives"
Rocco Bauer
Indiana School for the Deaf
 

Honorable Mention
"Breaking to the Freedom of ASL
Michelle Eicher
Indiana School for the Deaf

 High School

     
 
1st Place
"US Flag"
Troye Johnson
Kansas School for the Deaf
 
2nd Place
"Vibe"
Zander Symansky
Kansas School for the Deaf
 
3rd Place
"Secret"
Tyler Mayfield
Kansas School for the Deaf
 
Honorable Mention
"Poetry"
Abdul Wadood
Kansas School for the Deaf
    


Competition Judges

Alex White Mazzarella's Profile


Alex Whilhite:  

Born Deaf in Tuscumbia, Alabama where is the Birthplace of Helen Keller 1960.  Become interested as an artist in the age of 5 years old.  Attended to the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis. Awarded Master of Fine Art in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York 1990.  One of the founders of De’Via while working with Chuck Baird and Betty Miller at Deaf Way I at Gallaudet University 1989.  Had exhibited all over the USA, Europe, Japan, South Korea and Russia.  Teaches ASL at the Woods High School, Houston, Texas since 2005.

Ellen Mansfield:

Currently, Ellen is a proud De’Artivist who has combined her twin passions of being a De’VIA (Deaf View/Image Art) artist and Deaf rights advocate. Ellen has led a life richly filled with art and experiences.  Her background in drawing, painting, batik, ceramics, and other media has brought her to her current place in her journey. Highlighting in Ellen’s career is Solo exhibition,” My Deafhood Art: Traveling Through the Darkness to the Light” of her 50 artworks at the Greater Lafayette of Art Museum in Indiana for four months in late ‘15 and early ‘16. Ellen was born Deaf in Manhattan, New York but grew up in New Jersey for 7 years. She attended public school where she learned poorly without sign language and interpreters. She spent her summers in Golden’s Bridge countryside, north of New York City.  Later, she earned a BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. When she moved to Maryland, Ellen began to recognize just how much her Deaf identity had been emerging from her artwork. Surrounded by Deaf culture and ASL, her life started to blossom and increasingly colorful images grew from her watercolors, oil paintings, and tile paintings. Her Tile Painting works resulted from a self-taught endeavor after taking a community center tile-making course years ago. Since 2011, hands and eyes have been a dominant motif in her tile designs.  She has developed a strong voice—as a Deaf Activist who uses art to take a stand against injustices experienced by Deaf people.  At the same time, she celebrates the language and culture of Deaf people---affirming our unique ways of being in the world. Thus, themes of darkness/light and oppression/liberation are often shown in her art. Ellen keeps a home studio called Ellen’s TileStroke Studio in Frederick.  The studio has a kiln and she had commissions for hand-painted tiles for mural decorations, kitchen backsplashes, fireplace mantel surroundings, and murals behind ranges for past 25 years. She led many workshops in ceramics, drawings and paintings for over 350 Deaf children, hearing children of Deaf parents, and Deaf adults.  Ellen recently curated the first-known public gallery exhibition of Deaf artists’ works in Washington DC.  The Let There Be Light: De^ARTivism exhibit ran from August 12th-September 4th 2015. This juried exhibition drew over 135 submissions with works from a variety of mediums: painting, drawing, sculpture, digital computer art, assembly art, and fabric art. The participating Deaf artists include professional artists, amateur/emerging artists, prisoners, and children.


Contact: www.ellenmansfield.com


Nancy Rourke:

Nancy Rourke is known as an international De'VIA Artist in the Second Wave of De’VIA movement. She is one of the most prolific De’VIA artists, widely recognized for her strong use of primary colours. She is a full-time artist committed to De’VIA and often undertakes a painting a day commitments for a month at a time. She has numerous works examining resistance, affirmation and liberation themes, drawing on important issues that surface within the Deaf world almost as quickly as they surface. Many of her works contain hidden text, symbols or meaning. Today, she trains art teachers from Deaf schools across the country, on developing De’VIA curriculum for Deaf children and youth from Kindergarten to High School levels. Nancy has her own book, Deaf Artist Series: Nancy Rourke.  She resides in Colorado.    www.nancyrourke.com                                   

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Mari Jo Earls:

Mari Jo was born deaf in Mankato, Minnesota on October 30, 1971. She has been a Deaf artist since her childhood years.  She attended Minnesota School for the Deaf until 1983, then enrolled in St.Clair School so she could be with her mom, with whom she was very close. After graduating in 1991, she went to Gallaudet University from 1991-1993.  She graduated from RIT,(Rochester Institute of Technology) in 1998 with a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree. Her major was Graphic Design and Wood Design. As a child her work was honored out of 75 schools in Minnesota.  One of her paintings was displayed in a mall in Mankato, Minnesota. She won competitions with stained glass as well. She likes painting murals of farmland.



 





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