Two Rockwall High School art students were recently honored by the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) and the Rockwall Art League (RAL) for their submissions to the 2015 Young Marine Artists Search (YMAS). The YMAS is an annual national competition organized by the ASMA to encourage artists aged 16 to 23 to explore marine subjects in their work. The RAL began cooperating with the ASMA to promote the competition in the North Texas region in 2014.
In 2015’s North Texas regional YMAS competition, RHS Junior Maria Oliva won first prize and $500 for her ceramic sculpture, “Vandentoorn II,” while Senior Kristina Stovall won second prize and $300 for her ceramic sculpture “Tentacles”. Maria’s sculptural piece was inspired by sea grass and coral, it was created out of clay, fired, and glazed. In October, Maria participated in the Texas A&M Commerce art day for students. Her portfolio was juried that day and she was awarded the Gold Tuition Art Scholarship for $1,500.00. In the national YMAS competition, Ms. Oliva’s artwork went on to receive Best of Show-3D and an additional $500 cash prize, while Ms. Stovall’s piece received Honorable Mention. Ms. Oliva and Ms. Stovall study sculpture under the guidance of RHS art instructor Ms. Anne Foster.