S: Cowlidoscope A ow's Tale of Hannah Apker and The Art of Dairy
FC: Cowlidoscope A Cow's Tale of Hannah Apker and The Art of Dairy
1: An empty canvas is a living wonder... far lovelier than certain pictures.
2: Immediate Release Contact: Teena Massingill, 925-467-3810 Teena.Massingill@Safeway.comPleasanton, California based grocer Safeway and its Private Brand of dairy products Lucerne announced the names of 30 students selected as finalists to compete for a $30,000 grand prize in the Lucerne The Art of Dairy “Sharing Joy” Art Contest. Lucerne has nourished generations of families with wholesome dairy products that support good health and enjoyable eating. It continues to nourish both the bodies and minds of today’s generation through this unique program that aims to promote strong bones and creative growth, encourage the artistic ability of the students and highlight the importance of art education in schools. The contest also gives high school students the chance to display their artistic and creative talents on an unconventional canvas — a life-sized fiberglass cow. To promote dairy products as healthy snack alternatives for kids, Safeway and Lucerne asked high school students in grades 9 through 12 to submit designs using an outline of a cow as the canvas. In previous years, contest themes have included “Cows and History” and “Taste of Moo-Sic.” This year, the contest launched a new theme of “Sharing Joy” in which students were asked to interpret how they share joy through the arts. Thousands of students from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii stepped up to the challenge and visualized a range of joyful themes. Entries were accepted from September 1 to November 5, 2010. Including this year’s prizes, Safeway has awarded $327,000 in prize money and funds for art supplies through The Art of Dairy Art Contest.The 30 finalists will transfer their designs to life-sized fiberglass cow sculptures in the final phase of the competition. Each school receives a $250 stipend to purchase art supplies that their student finalist uses to decorate the cow sculpture. The Grand Prize winner will receive $20,000 for their school’s art department, plus $5,000 each for the winner and their art teacher. The First Prize winner receives $5,000 for their school’s art department, plus $2,500 each for the student and teacher. In addition, three Honorable Achievement winners and their teachers receive $1,000 each. The remaining 25 finalists will receive $500 U.S. Savings Bonds, bringing the total prize pool for the winners and finalists to nearly $60,000. Once completed, the decorated cows will be on display at Safeway stores near the finalists’ schools during the final judging phase. During this time, the panel of distinguished judges will review the entries to select winners. This year’s judges include some of the most respected names in art. Bill Cone, a Pixar artist who has worked as a commercial illustrator, a set designer for Toy Story and as production designer for A Bugs Life, Toy Story 2, and Cars, joins the panel this year for the first time, along with Marilyn Nielsen, the Interim Director for the California Arts Council. The Art of Dairy grand prize winner will be announced in early May. Visit www.safeway.com/lucerne to see past winners, contest information, and healthy recipes. The Art of Dairy 2010 Finalists Katarina Klask – Presentation High School – San Jose, CA Chiara Sarter – Santa Rosa High School – Santa Rosa, CA Ramil Lorenzo C. Gonzalez – Mililani High School – Mililani, HI Nicole McEwen – Mililani High School – Mililani, HI Vivian Hare – Foothill High School – Pleasanton, CA Kelsey Vang – Sunnyside High School – Fresno, CA Lauren Macasieb – Ruben S. Ayala High School – Chino Hills, CA Tamara Sahagun – Ruben S. Ayala High School – Chino Hills, CA Ana Estrada – Olympian High School – Chula Vista, CA Daniel Escudero – Glendale Adventist Academy – Glendale, CA Heather Grossbard – Frontier High School – Bakersfield, CA Niña Pate – Eastside Academy High School – Bellevue, WA Cody Hart – La Salle High School – Union Gap, WA Eric Weekly – Okanogan High School – Okanogan, WA Iris Woo – Puyallup High School – Puyallup, WA Ali Zuro – McNary High School – Keizer, OR Hannah Apker – Pleasant Hill High School – Pleasant Hill, OR Alexandra Stone Freericks – Notre Dame Preparatory High School – Scottsdale, AZ Caitlin Thomas – Tucson Magnet High School – Tucson, AZ Abbey Davidson – Encampment K-12 School – Encampment, WY Quinn Harrington – Encampment K-12 School – Encampment, WY Olivia Vogel – Alliance High School – Alliance, NE Sarah Burks – Lincoln-Way Central High School – New Lenox, IL Carlos Flores – Thomas Kelly High School – Chicago, IL Odain Williams – Baltimore Polytechnic Institute – Baltimore, MD Moriah Nelson – Thurgood Marshall Academy – Washington DC Brandon Lark – Sparrows Point High School – Baltimore, MD Fariha Rashid – B.F. Terry High School – Rosenberg, TX Katie Yager – Garland High School – Garland, TX Jack Corpening – Friendswood High School – Friendswood, TX
3: Teen art contest proves udderly grueling By Bob Keefer he Register-Guard Appeared in print: Thursday, March 17, 2011 Hannah Apker has always liked to draw. Now the 18-year-old Pleasant Hill High School senior may be drawing her way to a prize of $20,000 for her school’s art program, $5,000 for her teacher and another $5,000 to put in her own pocket. By painting a cow. Apker, a waifish young woman described by a teacher as a bit of a “Bohemian,” was picked earlier this year as one of 30 finalists — out of 9,600 applicants nationwide — in the sixth annual Lucerne “The Art of Dairy” Art Contest. In it, high school students are asked to paint a fiberglass cow. We found Apker one recent afternoon lying under the cow, paintbrush in hand, in the art studio at her high school, where she figures she’s been spending six to eight hours a day transferring her design from a sheet to paper to the surface of the life-sized sculpture. “This is my 12th day of painting,” she said, a little wearily. “This would be insane if I had to paint it all by myself. There have been at least 10 other people help me, probably more.” (That’s OK, under the contest rules, so long as she’s in charge of the design.) Her deadline for sending photos of the completed cow to the contest is April 1; she plans to finish painting by the end of this week so she can enjoy spring break. Hannah’s art teacher, Mary Stevenson, said painting the entire cow has been a challenging task. “There are a few kids that have decided they are not cut out to work as hard as Hannah is. This cow takes discipline and commitment to finish. It is almost like running the marathon. ... The last six miles are the hardest. Hannah is there now.” “At this point,” Apker said. “I just want it to be done so I can start getting home from school at a reasonable time again.” Apker was born in Anchorage and came with her parents to Pleasant Hill when she was 10. Her father drives a truck; her mother works at a plant nursery.A fan of novels by Chuck Palahniuk and Max Barry, she’s a bright, funny kid who’s been drawing intricate, tight designs for as long as she can remember. In fact, she prefers drawing, with its precise control, to painting. “I don’t have that much control with brushes,” she says. “All these little lines right here,” and she points to a section on the cow’s back where a mouse, emerging from a piece of cheese, is surrounded by a maze of red lines on a white background. “They are really terrible to do with a paintbrush.” You can see more of her drawings at DeviantArt.com, where she uses the name Niccoloknox. Besides drawing, Apker designs clothing, from T-shirts to shoes, featuring the same tight drawings, and would like to run her own boutique someday. Next year she plans to study graphic design at Lane Community College.Stevenson encouraged her to enter the cow contest this past fall. “There was no doubt in my mind that Hannah could do well in the contest if she found it interesting enough to do,” Stevenson said. “I printed her a copy of the contest (and) talked with her about it. She took it home read through it and came back with a couple of designs. The rest is history.” Apker sent her one-page color cow design — the single-sheet drawing is the kind of tiny, detailed work at which she excels — off to Lucerne in the fall. She found out she had been selected as a finalist in January. She titled it “Cowlidoscope.The blank cow showed up at the high school about three weeks ago.“When we first got the cow, some kid came in and saw it and ran outside and screamed for five minutes — because it wasn’t a real cow,” she said. The art contest rules don’t offer much guidance over content; about the only requirement, besides not using copyrighted material or celebrity images like, say, Lady Gaga or Justin Timberlake, is that the design include two dairy products.Apker chose cheese and ice cream. Judging will be announced by April 15. If Hannah’s cow should win, Stevenson would get $5,000 to spend as she likes, and the school would get $20,000 for its art program. Stevenson first said she didn’t want to “jinx” Hannah by thinking about the award, but then said she’d spend the money on unpaid funeral expenses from her mother’s recent death, on taking some art classes and, perhaps, on a trip to Scotland to visit relatives. Getting $20,000 for the school would be “kind of like winning the lottery,” she said. “It will be used to help our struggling program stay afloat longer.”
4: Safeway Announces Finalists in Sixth Annual Lucerne® The Art of Dairy Contest PLEASANTON, Calif. — March 16, 2011 — Safeway Inc. and its exclusive Lucerne® brand of dairy products today announced the names of 30 students selected as finalists to compete for a $30,000 grand prize. The 30 finalists will transfer their designs to life-sized fiberglass cow sculptures in the final phase of the competition. Each school receives a $250 stipend to purchase art supplies that their student finalist uses to decorate the cow sculpture. The Grand Prize winner will receive $20,000 for their school's art department, plus $5,000 each for the winner and their art teacher. The First Prize winner receives $5,000 for their school's art department, plus $2,500 each for the student and teacher. In addition, three Honorable Achievement winners and their teachers receive $1,000 each. The remaining 25 finalists will receive $500 U.S. Savings Bonds, bringing the total prize pool for the winners and finalists to nearly $60,000.
5: Young artist hopes cash cow saves program By Arrianee LeBeau KVAL News , Mar 4, 2011 at 9:24 AM PST | PLEASANT HILL, Ore--- From the pictures hung on the wall in the hallway to the hoof prints on the floor, these subtle hints are drawing people at Pleasant Hill High School to the art room to see the "COW-leidescope." | “At least like five kids have come in and they're like, 'Oh, that looks so awesome,,” said Hannah Apker, the artist behind life size fiberglass cow known as the COW-leidescope. Apker is one of 30 finalists across the country in The Sixth Annual Lucerne Art of Dairy Art Contest. Apker entered the contest last year. She learned in January that she was a finalist. As a finalist she has to take her contest entry and transfer it onto this life size cow. Mary Stevenson, Apker's art teacher, said Apker has had a lot of support with her art. But with cuts to the art program in the works, she is concerned future students won’t have the same opportunities. “I think it would be a terrible thing for them to not have that opportunity. I know what it is for me. I get up in the morning and it’s the best thing in the world,” Stevenson said.
6: The 30 finalists will transfer their designs to life-sized fiberglass cow sculptures in the final phase of the competition. Each school receives a $250 stipend to purchase art supplies that their student finalist uses to decorate the cow sculpture. Once completed, the decorated cows will be on display at Safeway stores near the inalists' schools during the final judging phase. During this time, the panel of distinguished judges will review the entries to select winners. This year's judges include some of the most respected names in art. Bill Cone, a Pixar artist who has worked as a commercial illustrator, a set designer for Toy Story and as production designer for A Bugs Life, Toy Story 2, and Cars, joins the panel this year for the first time, along with Marilyn Nielsen, the Interim Director for the California Arts Council.
8: Cover the canvas at the first go, then work at it until you see nothing more to add.
9: Fantasy is the only canvas large enough for me to paint on.
10: I believe that the great painters with their intellect as master have attempted to force this unwilling medium of paint and canvas into a record of their emotions.
11: Cows are my passion. What I have ever sighed for has been to retreat to a Swiss farm, and live entirely surrounded by cows - and china. Charles Dickens
12: HEY YOU
13: Yeah! YOU
14: love u to the moon & back
15: Scoops of mint ice cream with chips of chocolate cows.
16: Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.- Oscar Wilde
17: I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. - Vincent van Gogh
18: Dreams are like the paints of a great artist. Your dreams are your paints, the world is your canvas. Believing, is the brush that converts your dreams into a masterpiece of reality. | COW-lidoscope was honored as one of the top five entries IN THE NATION and Hannah received a check for $1,000.00 - CONGRATULATIONS
19: From the outside looking in you can't understand it. From the inside looking out you can't explain it.
20: The Register Guard, Thursday, June 2, 2011, page D1 Buzzworthy -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- COW BRINGS IN $2,000
21: Remember Hannah Apker and her painted cow? Last we heard, the Pleasant Hill High School senior was painting a cow sculpture to enter in the Lucerne The Art of Dairy national contest. Her design was one of 30 finalists chosen from 9,600 entries. Well, Hannah’s “Cowlidoscope” won an honorable mention in the finals, netting a $1,000 prize for her and $1,000 for her art teacher. See the cow at Siuslaw Bank in Pleasant Hill.
23: A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark We hope our marks show you how special you are. Grandpa Floyd & Grandma Leita