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Safeway Inc. this week revealed the names of the grand-prize, first-prize, and honorable mention winners of its third annual Lucerne The Art of Dairy "Cows & History" Art Contest. Students ages 12 to 18 and classrooms across the country entered the competition, whose goal was to promote artistic creativity, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles. The cross-curriculum contest tapping into both art and history.
Entrants submitted depictions of a historical event or theme incorporating a drawing of a cow. Of the nearly 6,000 students who entered, 30 finalists were chosen in February to transfer their designs to life-sized fiberglass cow sculptures.
The grand-prize winner was "Sparti-Cow's Charge" by John Taing from John Marshall High School in Los Angeles. He will receive $20,000 for his school's art department, in addition to $5,000 each for himself and his art teacher. During judging, his cow sculpture was displayed a Vons store in Southern California.
The first-prize winner was the "Fall of the Soviet Moo-nion" by Arturo Lee from The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas. He will receive $5,000 for his school's art department, as well as $2,500 each for himself and his art teacher. During judging, his cow sculpture was shown at a Randalls store in Texas.
Honorable mention went to "If there is no bread, drink milk instead" by Jeayoung Yoo from Shadle Park High School in Spokane, Wash.; "Napoleon Bonaparte's Udder-Destruction at the Battle of Water-moo" by Kierstin Marie Barlow from Cascade Christian High School in Medford, Ore.; and "Red, White and Moo" by Thomas J. Hirsch from Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill. During judging, Hirsch's cow was on display at a Dominick's store in the Chicago area. Each of these students will receive $1,000 for him- or herself, in addition to $1,000 for his or her art teacher.
"This contest reflects Safeway's ongoing commitment to schools and education-based initiatives in the communities that we serve," noted Safeway e.v.p. Larree Renda in a statement.
Entries were accepted from Oct. 19, 2007 to Dec. 17, 2007, and judging took place April 14. Contest judges included graphic artist Michael Schwab and Mary Scott, chair of the School of Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University.
Safeway, the maker of Lucerne dairy products, operates 1,740 stores in the United States and western Canada.