Honorable Mention – Sculpture

Title of Art Piece: Rivers
Category: Sculpture – 2022
Student/Artist’s Name: Joshua Thurman
School: Thunder Mountain High School
Grade: 12th
Artist Statement:

Rivers have been a huge part of my life for years. Flowing through the land around me, I grew up swimming, fishing, and climbing around the rivers of Oregon. Coming to Alaska things didn’t change much. I might spend less time swimming in them but they’ve never stopped being an integral part of my life. These vases were an outlet for the love I have for rivers. Each of their surfaces beautiful blue and flowing. Each vase is the name of a river in Alaska: Yukon, Copper, Tanana, Koyukuk, Kenai, Susitna, and Salmon. My family has a history in the Yukon’s waters. Not long after my grandparents got married they went on a trip down the Yukon. Only through hindsight they could see how turbulent that journey was.

Artwork Dimensions: 16 inches X 5 inches x 5 inches