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Kearney senior receives national recognition for artwork

The pieces won several awards in the K-12 Ceramic Exhibition
Published: Mar. 25, 2021 at 11:31 AM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Kearney High Senior Brooklyn Liljehorn won multiple awards and scholarships in the National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition for her work on “Guerilla” and “The Plight of the Giraffe”.

The two pieces are ceramics pieces and were submitted by Liljehorn’s instructor, Mrs. Olmstead, who teaches ceramics at Kearney High.

“She’s done a very good job of investing in her skill and she’s also intelligent so the work that she makes that shines through as well,” Olmstead said.

For Guerilla, Liljehorn won the Bailey Pottery Equipment Award, Orton Foundation Cash Award and ICAN High School Teacher Award. For Plight of the Giraffe she received the Alfred University K12 Clay Val Cushing Scholarship, the Kansas City Art Institute Scholarship and won the Bailey Pottery Equipment Award.

Liljehorn also received first place in the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for Plight of the Giraffe.

“It’s a huge honor,” Liljehorn said. “There are a lot of people who got into this competition and being picked out of all those people it means a lot.”

Liljehorn said each project took her about six months, most of which was done at home, on her own time. She wanted to create two pieces that showed the threats to and endangerment of gorillas and giraffes in the wild. Within the spots of the giraffe, Liljehorn displayed smaller pieces of art that show the hunting and killing of giraffes.

The total number of entries this year was 668 across the United States. Just 147 were included in the final exhibition.

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