Hutchison and White Station students win top honors

Hutchison and White Station students win top honors

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A fascination with light and an escape to Costco helped two Memphis teens win some of the highest honors in art and writing awards, following the footsteps of Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol and Stephen King.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards granted Hutchison School senior Amellia Hausmann the Gold Medal Portfolio Award, the program’s highest honor given to 16 high school seniors across the United States, while White Station High freshman Vivian Fan earned the American Voices Medal, the highest regional honor.

Amellia Hausmann, Hutchinson senior, won the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Gold Medal Portfolio Award.

“I always hoped for a national award, like maybe I’ll get a silver medal or it would be really great if I got a gold medal, so this year it just exceeded all of my expectations,” Hausmann said. 

Hausmann, 18, received a $10,000 scholarship along with the Gold Medal Portfolio Award, given to eight art portfolios and eight writing portfolios, for her art collection “Sun Dried,” a series of bright watercolor paintings focusing on the way light hits fabric.

After searching for inspiration for her advanced placement art class project she found herself intrigued by shadows and how they affect colors. For a better understanding, she studied some art that played with lighting from Jeffrey T. Larson, an artist known for his realist still life, figure and portrait paintings. 

“He used clotheslines in his art, and I thought that was a really cool way to get that effect of sunlight on moving fabric,” Hausmann said. “I wanted to make sure I had all those elements of sharp highlights and deep shadows, so that’s where (my art) came from.”



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