photography submitted in November by high school students in Los Angeles,
Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego and Santa Barbara counties.
Firsova, Sriployrung and Park made it through a preliminary judging of
about 600 works of art, and the semifinals, which included 62 pieces of
art from Southern California students.
And if selected, any of the three finalists could receivethe winner's
prize of $1,500, the runner-up prize of $1,000 or an honorable-mention
prize of $250.
Anna Firsova, a senior at Glendale High School, submitted an 11- by
17-inch, colored-pencil drawing in yellow and brown color tones of
"I'm excited. I didn't know I would do this well," said Firsova, 17.
Eunice Park, a sophomore at La Canada High School, created an abstract
painting with pastel-colored acrylics. She spent about three weeks
working on her 11- by 18-inch painting.
Judith Kramer, an art teacher at Clark Magnet High School, described
Sriployrung's piece as a drawing of a half-human cello that has tree
branches for arms and is playing itself.
"It's very organic. The arm playing the cello is like a branch and the
bow is like a twig from a tree," Kramer said.
Winners will be asked to paint a mural based on their original idea at
the Music Center of Los Angeles County.