When Sylvania Southview High School senior Casey Budy found out she would receive the school district’s Superintendent’s Award for art, she was completely surprised.
“I didn’t expect any awards. I’d never really gotten any before, so it was exciting,” she said.
Miss Budy, a senior, also recently participated in the Focus Art Show at the Toledo Museum of Art, which is a juried show for students. She had four pieces in the 250-piece show. The items on display had been winnowed from a total of 1,600 submitted. Sixteen pieces of work from Southview High School were accepted.
Miss Budy has been taking art classes at the high school for four years and has studied several different mediums, including drawing, painting, and ceramics.
The pencil-and-ink drawing for which she won the award was on the theme of social media.
“It was called Disconnected,” she said. “It had to do with social media and basically it had to do with Facebook and how people get very sucked into the Internet and sometimes it just kind of controls their lives.”
Miss Budy was recognized with a certificate from Superintendent of Schools Brad Rieger during a Nov. 11 closing ceremony at the Focus Art Show.
Elizabeth Bessly was honored as the Superintendent’s Award winner from Northview High School.
The Focus Art Show invites art teachers from around the Toledo area to submit students’ artwork, with district superintendents making their own nominations with the Superintendent's Award.
Miss Budy said her piece was about getting away from social media control.
Planning to study art in college — she’s looking at schools in Savannah, Ga., and Columbus — she anticipates majoring in animation or sequential art and is mostly drawn to traditional art.
“I’d always be doodling,” she said of her younger years. “I always wanted to take art classes.”
Miss Budy has not had any formal art training outside the school system but said getting to participate in the Focus Art Show this year was important.
“Yeah, it was kind of a big deal,” she said. “We don’t have that many shows.”
Southview art teacher Sarah Snead said Miss Budy’s work on social media was accepted because of the depth of the piece.
“She had a really thoughtful idea of what she wanted to project with her piece,” Ms. Snead said.
Miss Budy’s interest in and dedication to her art couldn’t be more focused than on a recent afternoon, when she was matting a recently finished piece.
Surrounded by other students, with music playing in the background, she maintained her focus amid the distractions.
“I just always liked to draw, I guess,” she said.