Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Outstanding student art showcased in Hudson, Wisconsin exhibit April 26, 2017

“If My Thoughts Had Wings” colored pencil and watercolor by Jeanna Krause, a senior at Ellsworth High School. Her art is priced at $1,000.


AS A CREATIVE TYPE who creates with words and a camera, I am often impressed by the works of visual artists. Incredible talent exists out there among painters, sculptors and others.


The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, Wisconsin.


Signage promotes the student art exhibit.


A first look at the main floor gallery space art.


I am especially impressed by artwork displayed in the current Annual Area High School Art Exhibition at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. High school students from western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota were invited to submit pieces as were teachers of the participating students. Their art fills polished gallery space on two floors of this beautiful near waterfront property along the St. Croix River. The artwork ranges from paintings to photography to collage, ceramics and much more.


Annika Shiffer, a senior at Eau Claire North High School, created “Cherry Blossom” from soapstone, wire and glass beads. It is not for sale.


This untitled collage by Shelly Schmitt of Somerset High School is not for sale.


Mallory Bleeker, Ellsworth High School sophomore, created this charcoal portrait of Matt Damon. It’s not for sale.


The variety of art and the creativity therein exhibits a professional level of artistry. It was hard for me to believe that these artists are high school students, still learning. I enjoyed the humor of a senior from St. Croix Preparatory Academy who priced his ceramic coil pot at “$100,000 (college tuition).”


The gallery spaces are polished and gleaming, a lovely canvas for artwork.


Stillwater Area High School senior Natalie Gella crafted this stoneware clay “Scared Face,” not for sale.


So much talent in this incredible art…


One student-artist will be awarded a $2,000 Alice M. Stolpe Scholarship for the Arts at a May 7 closing reception. Choosing a winner among those planning to major in art will be difficult, in my opinion. Peruse this sampling of art created by 109 students (and three teachers) from 15 schools. You’ll see why I am impressed by their work.


Casey Loe, senior at Eau Claire North High School, created this “Be Bold” ink art which is not for sale.


Travis Eisberner, Eau Claire North High School junior, created “Geometric Reality” in acrylic. It’s not for sale.


Kendall Isaacson of Somerset High School crafted this untitled ceramics art which is not for sale.


Pretty incredible art, huh?


Dylan Cook, senior from Stillwater Area High School, created this analogue photography “Hell Erupts!” priced at $50.


FYI: Gallery hours at The Phipps are from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday; from noon – 4:30 p.m. Sundays; and an hour before and through intermissions at all the Phipps theater performances. This exhibit closes on May 7.


One of the gallery spaces overlooks the St. Croix River across the street.


The art center is located in downtown Hudson at 109 Locust Street.


NOTE: Photos of artwork are published with permission of The Phipps Center for the Arts. All artwork is copyrighted by the artists and cannot be reproduced or used without their consent. 

© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


12 Responses to “Outstanding student art showcased in Hudson, Wisconsin exhibit”

  1. Marilyn Donnell Says:

    I’ve scrolled through numerous times. Serious covetous thoughts have been stirring!

  2. Valerie Says:

    Wow, wonderful pieces of art. I, too, am always amazed at the talents of such young people.

  3. Beth Ann Says:

    What a beautiful gallery and what a beautiful exhibit. I am always amazed at the talent of others. Anyone who can create with their hands and their words holds my respect. I so admire when someone has the gift and the drive to create whether it be in the form of sculptures and paintings or through music. It also makes me feel somewhat inadequate but then I have to remind myself that God made each of us different and my gifts may not be the same but I still have them, right? I doubt I am the only one who has to remember this fact. Thanks for sharing such talent today on your blog.

  4. Beautiful Art in a Beautiful Place for Showcasing It 🙂 Makes me want to get creative. Happy Day – Enjoy!

  5. Wow! They are all beautiful but the charcoal and colored pencil pictures are my favorites

  6. Jeanna K Says:

    Hello! I understand that this is an old post, but I’m Jeanna and that picture on the top is of my art, and I gave it away and am wondering if you have a full picture of it because I don’t. Thank you!

    • Let me check my files and I will email you within the next several days. That’s a beautiful work of art. I’m curious as to why you gave away this piece and to whom. It’s an incredible work of art and I’d like to know more about what inspired it. I will be in touch.

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