Valley Vista students featured in art exhibit – Your Valley

Christie Zhang and Eliseo Miguel from Valley Vista High School were selected for their original works of art featured in the Shemer Arts Center New Horizons High School Student Art Exhibition.

Students from 28 schools across the state were chosen to have their work on display and several received scholarships for their exceptional artistic work.

Christie Zhang received the Linton-Barnhill Award and the Shemer Art Center and Museum Association Award for her piece, titled “Eyes of a Cat.”

Christie was inspired by a variety of different animal’s eyes and she utilized colored pencils to capture the vibrancy of the cat. She has been drawing and painting since she was younger and is currently enrolled in Valley Vista’s AP art and design class.

Eliseo Miguel was honored with the Phoenix Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America Award and the Ted Decker Award for his emotive piece, titled “Claustrophobia!.”

Eliseo created the piece as part of a recent project in his Drawing 3-4 art class at Valley Vista where students were given the task to create an expressive or phobia-themed composition. He combined the two options and wanted to demonstrate the difficult times we are currently living in.

The students were selected for their excellent skills and artistic styles.

The virtual art show can be viewed via YouTube at

Additionally, the exhibition is open between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays through Feb. 18 at the Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix.

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