Thanks to the many students who entered Sooper Art 2013, the art competition inspired by the book,
Sooper Yooper: Environmental Defender, by Mark Heckman and Mark Newman.

The fourth annual environmental art contest, sponsored by the Wege Foundation and hosted by the Grand Rapids Art Museum, drew many creative entries and this made judging a challenge. There were many excellent pieces that were worthy of merit, but we were limited to honoring a total of 16 in each age group. Whether it was a matter of originality or the choice of theme that made the difference, rest assured that our decisions were difficult and purely subjective. The choice for the top award was especially hard as two or three other pieces were judged equally worthy. Please note that many of the pieces need to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.

The students listed below received invitations to a special reception celebrating the winners on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s Cook Auditorium. A total of 15 winners in each age group were honored on stage. Each was presented with a certificate and a check for $100 as their artwork was projected on a large screen so they could pose with their award and artwork. The three winners of the $250 Mark Heckman Special Merit Award (one in each age group) were announced during the award ceremony.

You can view a gallery of the winning artwork by clicking the link found toward the bottom of this page. Congratulations to all of the winning students, including our first three-time winner, Eleanor Iorio and two-time winners Ethan Karnes, Alexa Pearson and Alex Yang.

In addition, the Grand Rapids Art Museum will hold a Sooper Art Highlights Exhibition, which will be on display inside GRAM until early February. The exhibition will showcase all Mark Heckman Special Merit Award winners from the first four years of the contest, plus eight honorable mentions.

Age 5-8 Winners:
Joelle Alferink, 7; Dutton Christian
Clara Allen, 8; Grand Traverse Academy
Eloise Byerwalter, 5; Bauerwood Elementary
Abby Cox, 8; The Potter’s House
Anjali Diekevers, 8; Byron Center Christian
Sylvia Freeland, 8; Kent City Elementary
Grace Grabowski, 8; Wattles Elementary
Amelia Iorio, 5; Wealthy Elementary
Ava Korte, 8; Immaculate Heart Of Mary
Alexandria Kostreba, 8; Wattles Elementary
Vicki Mu, 8; Meadowbrook Elementary
Eredge Najam, 7; Leonard Elementary
Vandya Nedle, 6; Wattles Elementary
Alexa Pearson, 7; Emmons Lake Elementary
Tess Willison, 8; Immaculate Heart Of Mary

Age 9-12 Winners:
Angela Anderanin, 10; Wattles Elementary
Adam Carey, 11; Nickels Intermediate
Kevin Chang, 9; Bemis Elementary
Eleanor Iorio, 11; East Grand Rapids Middle
Regan Lee, 11; Detroit Country Day Middle
Jingjia Li, 10; Bemis Elementary
Hayden Long, 11; Schoolcraft Elementary
Sandhya Manivasagam, 10; Bemis Elementary
Emma McCloud, 12; Byron Center West Middle
Anna Pavlak, 12; Byron Center West Middle
Purvi Raj, 10; Bemis Elementary
Anjana Suresh, 11; Smith Middle
Erin Turnbach, 9; Wattles Elementary
Alexander Yang, 9; Wattles Elementary
Anthony Zhang, 12; Boulan Park Middle

Age 13-17 Winners:
Jimmy Cobb, 14; North Muskegon High
Liz Diemer, 17; NorthPointe Christian High
Hannah Flier, 17; Byron Center High
Ethan Karnes, 17; Byron Center High
Rachael Kruithof, 17; South Christian High
Brianna Naughton, 13; Smith Middle
Teada Ngin, 17; Careerline Tech Center
Jessica Owen, 17; South Christian High
Joel Palmateer, 17; Careerline Tech Center
Josiah Sherk, 14; Forest Hills Eastern High
Maggie Tolsma, 16; NorthPointe Christian High
Gabriella Vick, 17; Careerline Tech Center
Emily Westhouse, 15; South Christian High
Alaina Wierenga, 16; South Christian High
Zoe Wilson, 16; Careerline Tech Center

Mark Heckman Special Merit Award Winners:
Siri Kashyap, 6; Wattles Elementary
Arlene Chen, 11; Boulan Park Middle
Andrea Beary, 16; Caledonia High

Click here to visit the Grand Rapids Art Museum website and learn more about GRAM programs.

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Click here to read MLive’s news article about Sooper Art 2013.

Click here to view a gallery of the winning 2013 entries.

Click here to view a gallery of the winning 2012 entries.

Click here to view a gallery of the winning 2011 entries.