More than 400 sixth-graders from the Salt Lake, Granite, Jordan and Davis school districts submitted artwork for the "My Olympic Winter Dream Art Contest." Working on paper 8-by-8 inches square, the students drew or painted how they imagined themselves participating in the 1998 Winter Games. For starters, there were skiers schussing, skaters jumping and lugers sliding.
In 1998 these sixth-grade students will be old enough to participate in the Olympic ceremonies, arts festival, youth camp and - possibly - competition.All of the entries will be combined in a large, mosaic mural and displayed in several locations around Salt Lake City - the Red Lion Hotel on Friday, April 26, and the City and County Building on Friday, May 3. The mural will be designed and put together by students at Salt Lake Community College.
After receiving all of the entries, co-director Mary Gaddie pre-juried the work and reduced the number to 53. Later, a panel of judges selected the three designs to win awards. Helping with the judging were Katherine Boswell, assistant to the president at Salt Lake Community College; Richard Christenson, visual arts writer at the Deseret News; Daimar P. Robinson of public communications at the State Office of Education; and Robin Wagge, communications director for the Salt Lake City Bid Committee for the Olympic Winter Games.
Mayor Palmer A. DePaulis will announce the winners of the gold, silver and bronze commemorative medallions at 2 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Red Lion Hotel.
The three winning designs will be published in the Deseret News on Sunday, April 28, and will later be reproduced in a series of postcards to be sent to International Olympic Committee members.
Sponsors for this contest are the Deseret News, Red Lion Inn, Salt Lake Community College, State Office of Education and the Salt Lake City Bid Committee for the 1998 Winter Olympic Games.