TAYLOR, TX — Sept. 17, St. Mary’s Catholic School student Malerie Mokry is the proud winner of Artsonia’s Artist of the Week contest, a voting competition held on Artsonia.com, the largest online student art museum in the world exhibiting more than 65 million pieces of student art.

Mokry recently received more than a thousand online votes for creating a “Value Feather” as part of a recent art project. 

"I felt really excited and proud of myself. I felt important that I was recognized as an artist and that I represented my school," said Mokry. 

Her teacher, Jamie Stefely, is in her third year as an art instructor. She is one of the thousands of art teachers from over 100 countries around the world who use Artsonia to showcase their students’ art, crowdsource lesson plans and help fundraise for their classrooms. Artsonia lets family and friends of student artists create and purchase organic keepsakes from the student art and gives back 20 percent of all revenue to the local art classroom.

“My art room is a space to explore and grow in creativity,” Stefely said. “My students are the ones who make my classroom unique because they bring all of their different talents and skills to share with each other. Being an art teacher is truly a blessing.”

Artsonia developed Artist of the Week 10 years ago as a way to encourage teachers to submit student artwork and to engage the school and community to vote on and recognize students for their achievements. Every week, Artsonia selects 12 random submissions in each of four different age groups, Pre-K to 3, 4 to 6, 7 to 9 and 10-12 from artwork submitted the previous week. Voting is then open to the public for several days before the winner is announced.

Blick Art Materials generously donates a $100 gift certificate to the winning school and a $50 gift certificate to the student artist.

“Our mission at Artsonia is to bring communities together to celebrate children's artistic expressions,” said Jim Meyers, CEO and co-founder of the company. “Artist of the week is a perfect way to get local schools, families and friends involved in the process of creating, recognizing and cherishing student art.”

Artsonia is the world’s largest online collection of student art and a destination for thousands of art educators in over 100 countries worldwide.

To view Mokry’s Value Feather visit https://www.artsonia.com/museum/art.asp?id=76402547. To learn more about Artsonia, visit artsonia.com

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