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CK student’s artwork making waves in Olympia

Kristen Dullum, a senior at Central Kitsap High School, had her painting “Stephen Morrissey” given the Superintendent’s Choice award at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia.  - Courtesy photo
Kristen Dullum, a senior at Central Kitsap High School, had her painting “Stephen Morrissey” given the Superintendent’s Choice award at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia.
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A smile spread across Kristen Dullum’s face when the news was announced that her painting “Stephen Morrissey” was chosen as the Superintendent’s favorite at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) art contest in Olympia.

“I was excited,” said the Central Kitsap High School senior with a smile. “It was really encouraging because (it shows) I can do this.”

Dullum’s painting featured abstract, bright colors and was titled “Stephen Morrissey.” Although Dullum said that was just the title and not the inspiration for the piece, fellow students have told her they can see the resemblance in the abstract painting. She added that she had tried abstract painting before this time, and multiple, difficult decisions have to be made regarding the piece.

“I thought a lot of people got that award,” Dullum said with a laugh. “Once I got (to the OSPI office), I was like ‘Whoa, this really was a big deal.’”

With only three weeks left before graduation, Dullum said she hopes to gather enough funds to attend the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland. Using her artistic talent, Dullum said she wants to obtain her degree in either graphic design or illustrative design.

“It’s still up in the air if I’ll be able to go to the school,” Dullum said of the tuition costs. “I’m excited to go to Portland.”

Although Dullum has more than $10,000 in yearly scholarships from PNCA, she still needs to raise money for the additional tuition costs.

“I will have to work hard because it’s an artist community, there’s more creative energy,” Dullum added. “I’m keeping everything open right now.”

Dullum said one of the parts she was the most pleased with was the display of artwork at OSPI and how it reflected the importance of art programs in education. Because Dullum won the Superintendent’s Choice award, her painting was purchased for $200 and will hang in the OSPI office indefinitely.

“I am so proud of her,” said CKHS Art Teacher Judy Sorrels. “As soon as I saw that piece, I knew it would be a winner.”

Sorrels added the abstract assignment, which was the result of Dullum’s piece, got the students in her art class to think “outside their comfort zone.”

Dullum also is one of the students who is working on the mural which is being painted on the side of Costco in Silverdale.

“Kristen’s (painting) was the superintendent’s choice,” Sorrels added with a smile. “Which is about the best.”

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