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Spring 2019 Student Artworks: DoDEA

Ms. Rue Avant
Ramey Aguadilla, Puerto Rico | May 20, 2019

Valeria M. Immigration Artwork -  (Tradition/Innovation MIDDLE SCHOOL Level)
Valeria M. Immigration Artwork - (Tradition/Innovation MIDDLE SCHOOL Level)


Ramey Unit School is proud to announce Valeria M. as the Bronze winner for Middle School level in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s seventh annual art competition for all students in Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Schools. The Middle School Theme this year was “Tradition and Innovation”. Valeria chose a traditional medium of embroidery to create a work of art concerned with a contemporary topic of Immigration. Valeria writes in her artist statement: “I made this because I'm concerned about what would happen if we built a border wall and a lot of immigrants being kicked out. My medium is embroidery which is traditional and my message is about families separating at the border.”


In total, there were 72 student works entered into the contest from nine international schools located in Belgium, Guam, Japan, Puerto Rico, South Korea and Turkey, and four domestic schools located in Georgia and North Carolina.


Students who participated were in Middle and High School Art classes and were given a Certificate of Participation from the Smithsonian Art Museum.


Valeria’s winning artwork will be on view at

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