Brookings-Harbor High School student wins Best of Show at VISION 2018

Best of Show - “Henry VIII” – mixed media by Natalie Garcia, Junior, Brookings-Harbor High School (photo via Coos Art Museum)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- A Brookings-Harbor High School student won Best of Show at VISION 2018, Southwestern Foundation's art competition for high school students of Southern Oregon.

Natalie Garcia, a Brookings-Harbor High School junior, took home the honors.

The annual high school art competition is underwritten by the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation.

Garcia’s submission, a mixed media work titled “Henry VIII,” won her a two-year tuition waiver to attend Southwestern along with a $250 cash-purchase award.

Evan Melton, a Myrtle Point High School sophomore, was awarded '1st Place' for his photography titled “Frontier.” Melton received a two-year tuition waiver to attend Southwestern along with a $100 cash-purchase award.

Jaidan McLean, a senior from Gold Beach High School, took home the '2nd Place' award for an acrylic painting titled “Hibiscus Probiscis.” McLean received a $75 cash-purchase award along with a 2-year tuition waiver to attend Southwestern.

Sixteen other cash prizes, ranging from $50 to $20, were awarded to grade division winners, grades 9 through 12.

VISION 2018 consists of artwork from 11 southern Oregon high schools.

The 85 works of art by 67 students came from the following high schools: Academia Celestia Homeschool (in North Bend), Bandon, Brookings-Harbor, Coquille, Crater Renaissance Academy (in Central Point), Gold Beach, Marshfield, Myrtle Point, North Bend, Pacific, and Reedsport Community Charter School.

Each year, the Vision exhibition presents the talents of regional high school art students. VISION 2018 is on display in the upstairs galleries at Coos Art Museum through April 14, 2018.

Coos Art Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information on Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation, log on to, email:, or call 1-800-962-2838, ext 7210.

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