High School Seniors Receive SPARC Awards for Outstanding Student Artwork

Ixchel Carrizales Delara Paranoia, 2019 Watercolor and Ink on Paper

The South Pasadena Arts Council’s SPARC Awards for Outstanding Student Artwork were presented to three South Pasadena High School seniors at the opening night reception of the 12th annual South Pasadena High School Art Exhibition and Competition on Saturday, May 4, at the SPARC Gallery at the Chamber of Commerce, 1121 Mission Street, South Pasadena.

David Perez Espinosa American was Never Great?, 2019 Acrylic on Canvas

The awards, announced by SPARC President Sandy Kitto and SPARC Founder and Vice President Lissa Reynolds, went to three 12th graders: Jade Li, 1st prize (a certificate and $250); David Perez Espinosa, 2nd prize (a certificate and $150); Ixchel Carrizales de Lara, 3rd prize (a certificate and $100). In addition, student Alicia Cerda received an ArtCenter College of Design scholarship for a series of free ArtCenter at Night classes.

“The level of creativity and the maturity shown in the artwork created by our SPHS students was truly impressive,” said Kitto. “Make sure to stop by the Gallery and view the students’ work. It’s well worth the trip!”

Jade Li - Bloom, 2019 Cooler grinds, ink and paper (Made from a coffee spill)

Among those in attendance at the reception were City Council Member Robert S. Joe, South Pasadena High School art teacher Aimee Levie and South Pasadena High School photography teacher Rouzanna Berberian.

Featuring multidisciplinary works by 17 talented student artists and curated by Claudia Bohn-Spector and Sam Mellon of Micronaut, a curatorial design firm in South Pasadena, the exhibition will run through June 14. For visiting hours, call the Chamber at (626) 441-2339.

The full list of participating SPHS artists:

Alicia Alderete, (12th grade)
Ixchel Carrizales de Lara (12th grade)
Alicia Cerda (11th grade)
Estella Dashiell (11th grade)
Daniel Ellis (12th grade)
David Perez Espinosa (12th grade)
Elaine Gong (12th grade)
Jade Li (12th grade)
Lyric Limqueco (9th grade)
Isa Oglanby (9th grade)
Georgia Parsons (9th grade)
Jack Perry (11th grade)
Carly Rodriguez (11th grade)
Vincent Tan (12th grade)
Julianne Wong (10th grade)
Rebecca Wong (11th grade)
Madeleine Yoo (10th grade)

SPARC Gallery, with exhibition spaces at South Pasadena City Hall and the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, is a project of the South Pasadena Arts Council, a non-profit arts organization. For more information on SPARC’s programs, please visit www.sopasartscouncil.org.








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