Forchic completed her drawing last year and brought it in to show Wellman earlier this year. Wellman said the drawing caught her eye and so she offered to submit it in the competition. Forchic worked on the drawing outside of class, Wellman said, adding that the artwork selected for the competition appeared on the screen in NYC for 20 seconds along with the students' artist statement.
Wellman said Park City Day School third-grader Ethan Greenholtz was also selected for his ceramic rainbow trout. Greenholtz was nominated by a jury to show his artwork at the National kindergarten through 12th-grade Ceramic Exhibition in Seattle, later this month. Wellman submitted 10 of her students' projects with only 15 elementary-level projects selected across the country each year.
"It's really prestigious. We're really excited to have representation in that competition," she said. "The neat thing I noticed when Ethan was making the piece is that he would actually walk around the studio and show people how to hold the rainbow trout. I think it showed through in the finished product. He was so careful to include all the details and get all the patterning in place."