The Blackwing Awards at the Haggin Museum

The Blackwing Awards at the Haggin Museum

Blackwing Awards at Haggin Museum

Left: Marisela Serrano, a second grader at Mable Barron Elementary and her work. Right: Panchaniet Seng, a twelfth grader at Cesar Chavez High School with her work.’s mission to support creativity and artistry through individual expression continues, with a partnership with the Haggin Museum, an art and historical museum based in’s home town of Stockton, California.

Every year, the Haggin hosts the Robert T. McKee Student Art Contest and Exhibition. Named for the museum’s founding patron, this award is a way for local students to showcase their work, and gain recognition for it.

“Bob McKee always wanted to foster an appreciation of the arts in young people,” said Tod Ruhstaller, the executive director of the Haggin. An avid collector of art, McKee started this contest in 1931, making this the contest’s 80th anniversary, and is extremely popular, with over 1200 submissions!

“It’s the longest running museum-supported student art contest and exhibition in the US,” Ruhstaller said. and parent company CalCedar is proud to support the McKee contest by starting the Blackwing award, a prize given to two students who demonstrate excellence in graphite art. Named for the legendary Blackwing pencil, this award goes to an upper-division student and a lower-division student who submits a piece using the graphite medium.

This year, Marisela Serrano, a second grader at Mable Barron Elementary won the lower-division award for her piece, a series of three drawing of animals. She demonstrates knowledge of shading and composition. Marisela will be receiving a drawing pad and a set of Palomino drawing pencils.

Panchaniet Seng, in twelfth grade at Cesar Chavez High School, won the upper-division award. Demonstrating symmetry and surreal elements, her portrait stands out from the rest. will be awarding her with a limited edition Palomino Blackwing gift set!

We’re happy to award these talented students with the Blackwing award, and encourage them to keep drawing!

If you’re in the Stockton area and would like to see the exhibition, it will be running until April 3, 2011. Click here for more information.

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