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Click on the links on this page to see what the artists here at Smith Center High School are doing this year and what the artists accomplished during the 2017-18 and 2016-17 school years.

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The 2019-20 school year is underway.


Artists can find useful resources on the following websites which will continue to grow as the year progresses.







The 2018-19 school year was again a very productive year for the art program. Scroll down to see some of the highlights.


This year's Artists of the Year:

High School - Holly Timmons

8th Grade - Sierra Lanning

7th Grade - Danica Favinger



On May 15, more than 500 pieces of art were on display at the Smith Center Art Show which was set up along with the Woods and Quilts exhibits to coincide with the Spring Concert.


Holly Timmons' patriotic pencil drawing was chosen by members of the VFW Auxiliary to represent the state of Kansas at a national competition which will be held in Orlando, Florida, in July!



On April 17, Kaitlynn Godsey, Sydni Herdt, Sergio Lambert, and Lizzy Pfortmiller helped set up our part of the FHSU High School Art Show in Hays. Fifteen Smith Center artists received 27 certificates of achievement for their work displayed at the show.



On March 29, Oona Long, Lizzy Pfortmiller, Gracie Enochs, Carril Rego, Nicole Huffman, and Lillie Miles helped set up our part of the CCCC High School Art Show in Concordia. Nine Smith Center artists received fifteen medals and ribbons for their work at the show.




From March 9 to March 11, six members of the High School Art Club traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, to spend some time in a big city and to see lots of art at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The museums displayed pieces by 50 of the artists we have looked at in class over the past 4 1/2 years. Here are some photos from the trip.

Art Club members with Auguste Rodin's The Thinker.


Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun's Portrait of Marie Gabrielle de Gramont, Comtesse de Caderousse (1784)


Jacques Louis David's Portrait of the Comtesse Vilain XIIII, Former Lady-in-waiting to the Empress, and Her Daughter (1816)


Winslow Homer's Gloucester Harbor (1873)


Claude Monet's Boulevard des Capucines (1873-74)


Kay Sage's Too Soon for Thunder (1943)


Richard Estes' Bus Window (1968-1973)



From February 1 to March 3, thirty-three artists had sixty-nine pieces - including drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, and pottery - in the 42nd Annual Dane G. Hansen High School Art Show in Logan.



On January 30, Lillie Miles, Lauryn Gaddis, Lizzy Pfortmiller, and Holly Timmons helped set up Smith Center's part of the 42nd Annual Dane G. Hansen High School Art Show in Logan.


On January 16, Carril Rego, Maggie Nixon, Sydni Herdt, Kaitlynn Godsey, and Lauryn Gaddis competed in the MCL Paint-In competition. They received third place for the mural. The theme for the competition was "Energy."


In January, twelve Smith Center artists had thirteen pieces on display in The Gallery in downtown Phillipsburg.



On December 2, Art Club members did some winter-themed painting with residents at Sun Porch.


During the month of October, Art Club members painted the log cabin back-drop for the Fall play, "The Beverly Hillbillies."







The 2017-18 school year was another productive one for Art. Scroll down to see some of the artists' accomplishments and adventures.

Click on the links on the left side of this page to see the Senior High and Junior High Artwork, or to see the Art History.


Congratulations to the Artists of the Year for 2017-18:

High School - Lizzy Pfortmiller

8th Grade - Alese Meyer

7th Grade - Jayme Baumann


Congratulations to all of the junior high artists who received awards from this year's Smith Center Art Show. 60 7th and 8th grade artists displayed nearly 250 pieces of art at the show.

Best 8th Grade Pencil Drawing (three-way tie) - Oona Long, Alese Meyer, Maggie Peterson

Best 8th Grade Graphic Design Tool Drawing - James Stalnaker

Best 8th Grade Illuminated Manuscript Page - Lydia McDowell

Best 8th Grade Greek Form with Sgraffito - Leia Fagan

Best 8th Grade Slab Form - Lydia McDowell

Best 7th Grade Drawing - Adalia Rego

Best 7th Grade Greek Form - Austin Stalnaker

Best 7th Grade Slab Form - Jayme Baumann


Congratulations to all of the high school artists who received awards at this year's Smith Center Art Show. 27 high school artists displayed nearly 200 pieces of art at the show.

Best Drawing - Lizzy Pfortmiller

Best Painting - Holly Timmons

Best Monotype Print - Holly Timmons

Best Linocut Print - Samantha Tucker

Best 2D Mixed Media Piece - Carril Rego

Best Handbuilt Pottery Piece - Ashlynn Meyer

Best Thrown Pottery Piece - Kaitlynn Godsey

Best Mixed Media Sculpture - Carril Rego

Best Styrofoam Sculpture - Kaitlynn Godsey

Best of Show - Holly Timmons





Eleven Smith Center artists received fourteen certificates at the Fort Hays State University High School Art Show on April 18.

Jordyn Shoemaker - Pencil Drawing
Ashlie Hrabe - Printmaking
Ashlynn Meyer - Mixed Media Sculpture
Sabrina Saltzman - Printmaking
Holly Timmons (2) - Acrylic Painting and Printmaking
Kaitlynn Godsey (2) - Ceramic Pottery and Mixed Media Sculpture
Lillie Miles - Printmaking
Lharken Patzel - Pen Drawing
Lizzy Pfortmiller - Pencil Drawing
Nathan Hrabe - Printmaking
Carril Rego (2) - Two for Mixed Media Sculpture



Three Smith Center artists received awards at the Cloud County Community College High School Art Show on April 13. Nathan Hrabe received 1st Place for Printmaking, Carril Rego received 2nd Place for Sculpture, and Samantha Tucker received an Honorable Mention for Printmaking.



Preparation of the wall for a large mural downtown began during Do Good Friday!



During the first weekend of Spring Break, eight Art Club members and two adult chapperones joined me on a trip to Bentonville, Arkansas, to visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. While we were there, we saw artwork by several American artists who we have studied in class, including Georgia O'Keeffe (whose painting is pictured in the first image below). We also got to see a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (pictured in the second image below) that had been moved to Crystal Bridges from its original location in New Jersey.



Here are six portraits that were on display at The Gallery in downtown Phillipsburg during the month of April. The theme for the show is "Faces." Artists include Kaitlynn Godsey, Sydni Herdt, Lizzy Pfortmiller, and Carril Rego.




Pictured above are the Smith Center High School artists and their mural from this year's league mural painting competition. This year's theme was "The Space between Light and Dark." The students had 30 minutes to brainstorm ideas with their teachers and 3 hours to complete their 4' x 6' murals.



On October 8 and October 15, Art Club members hosted several K-3 students in the art room. The Art Club members taught the young students a wide variety of skills and vocabulary, and they raised more than $200 for supplies to paint the downtown mural.


You can see other activities from the 2017-18 school year by clicking on the links along the left side of this page.



Phone: Email: Chris Goedert