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July 2001

Release Date: July 3, 2001

ASU Sophomore's Painting Receives National Recognition

The artwork of an Angelo State University sophomore art major has been selected as one of 15 works nationally to be showcased on the 2001-02 Advanced Placement Studio Art Program poster to be distributed to every high school art program in the nation this fall.

Valerie Michelle Ramirez has been informed by the College Board of the honor. Ramirez, the daughter of Ben M. and Elena Ramirez of San Angelo, did an acrylics painting focusing on a hammer and chisel in the hands of a young carpenter.

The poster is produced annually for high school art students to demonstrate the types of creativity and artistic expression in various media that can provide advanced placement credit in art for college-bound students. The annual poster highlights what the previous year's advanced placement students produced.

"I remember seeing the posters before and thinking, 'Wow,'" Ramirez said. "It was fascinating to see that people in high school art classes could produce such articulate, powerful and emotional works. It was truly inspiring. I hope this year's poster gets the students in art classes really thinking about what they are going to create and contribute as artists."

Her painting highlights the hands a youthful carpenter, full of life and potential as he cuts out his place in society as represented by images of the Aztec pyramids, modern skyscrapers and the Parthenon.

Ramirez has been contributing to the arts since she started her schooling. With her parents' encouragement, she always entered art contests and took summer art workshops as well as art courses during junior and senior high. She has also painted two murals in San Angelo and has interned with the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.

In addition to her art major at ASU, she is minoring in biology. She has been on the dean's list for both the fall and spring semesters. She is a member of the President's Ambassadors. Her goal is to continue creating art and to publish children's books.