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Bousquet Holstein PLLC is pleased present our 2019 Photography Contest Finalists! On behalf of the members and employees of our law firm, we thank each high school student for their entries and for sharing their vision, creativity, and photography skills. Our judges had a difficult time selecting finalists from the many entries we received and this year we had 23 finalists.

Each year the contest theme is inspired by an exhibit at the Everson Museum of Art.  This year, our theme was inspired by the art of Yoko Ono. Yoko Ono’s first solo show, This is Not Here, was held at the Everson Museum of Art in 1971.  This fall the Everson hosted Yoko Ono: Remembering the Future.  Yoko Ono’s art is devoted to fostering the imagination and creating human connections. She was a member of Fluxus, which, according to Artsy, embodied a “spirit of rebellion against the commercial art market, elitism, and the conventions of both art and society . . . while its irreverence and youthful energy were in tune with the burgeoning counterculture of the 1960s.”

This year’s photo contest theme was titled Art of Living Living Art.

With the inspiration of Yoko Ono’s art and the Fluxus movement, we asked students to create images that were irreverent, reflecting living art and the art of living, embodying the unconventional and the revolutionary, and that champion the art of our everyday lives. Each year our firm features the winning image on our Thanksgiving card which is mailed to over 6,000 clients and contacts of the firm.

Bousquet Holstein PLLC and its members have been consistent supporters of the arts and education in our city and county. Each year we feature the 1st Place winning photograph on our Thanksgiving card which we mail to our clients. In the liner notes of the greeting cards we include a brief biography about the artist, the theme, and the subject matter of their image. In late October, we host a showing of the top 20+ entries at a reception for finalists and their immediate families and teachers at which time the winning photo is announced.  Cash scholarship prizes are awarded to students for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place photographs and a donation by the firm is made to the visual arts department of the 1st Place winning school. In 2016, we also awarded two additional “Honorable Mention” prizes. The winning images have also been showcased in local newspapers and many schools choose to congratulate their winning students in their monthly newsletters to parents.

To view our 2009-2018 finalists click on the links below:

Masthead Photo:  Photo was taken by Sydney Jackson, a junior at Nottingham High School. Her image is entitled “Acid Queen”. Sydney’s photograph was the winning entry in the 2019 Bousquet Holstein Student Photography Contest, Art of Living-Living Art.

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