FINE ARTS: Collin Gordon and Bek Hoffman pose with their pieces to be displayed in Indianapolis. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
FINE ARTS: Collin Gordon and Bek Hoffman pose with their pieces to be displayed in Indianapolis. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
The artwork of two local students will be displayed in Clowes Memorial Hall on the Butler University campus in Indianapolis later this month, as recognition from the Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Collin Gordon and Bek Hoffman, a senior and sophomore, respectively, attending Madison Consolidated High School, each submitted two pieces of art. Each had one work selected as a winning piece.

Gordon won a Gold Key award for the 3-D art entry "Barbed."

The clay piece depicts a pig's body with a human's head. The body is split in two, but connected by strands of barbed wire.

"Pigs are used as a metaphor for humans," Gordon said. "To show their negative flaws. So, I thought, why not put a human's head on a pig body."

Gold Key winning pieces from each region of the country are sent to New York City to be assessed.

Hoffman won a Silver Key award for the mixed media piece, "Self Image."

The ink drawing of a woman has dark vertical stripes of paint running down it. The piece was entered into the 2-D category.

Hoffman said the artwork was trying to make a statement about how people view themselves.

"A lot of people are uncomfortable in their own skin," Hoffman said.

Both students are enrolled in AP studio art, where they created their entrees. The class is taught by Beverly Gaffney and is part of MCS Fine Arts Academy.

More than 2,000 pieces of 3-D and 2-D art were submitted from the Central and Southern Indiana region. Gold Key awards were given to 222 students, Silver Keys were awarded to 256 students, 325 received honorable mention awards and five students were named American Visions Nominees as best in show winners in their respective categories.

The winning pieces will be exhibited at Clowes Memorial Hall from Feb. 18 to March 9. Students will receive their awards at a ceremony on March 9.