Art student hopes to win ‘moo’ la |

Art student hopes to win ‘moo’ la

Post Independent/Kelley Cox Rifle High School junior Brooke Grimm adds some finishing touches to her bovine masterpiece which will be on display at the Glenwood Springs Safeway for the first two weeks in April.

Brooke Grimm, a junior at Rifle High School, could win $20,000 for her art program, $1,000 for herself and $1,000 for her art teacher, Liz Waters.Grimm has just painted a 200-pound life-size fiberglass cow. Lucerne Dairy sent Grimm the cow, which will be on display at Safeway next week, because she is one of 30 national finalists in their The Art of Dairy art contest.Lucerne asked art students throughout the country to design a cow that is a canvass for depicting an integral moment in history or depicting something from the history of dairy. The theme for the contest is Cows & History.Grimm designed a pop art cow she’s titled “Andy Warhol – The Cash Cow.” The cow is covered in dollar signs and imitates the style of Andy Warhol’s work. That’s were the historical element of Grimm’s cow comes in.

“Andy Warhol fits in because he was one of the most important pop artists,” Grimm said. “He was a very diverse man. He was a homosexual and very rich and successful. All of his pop art is coming back. He was very influential.”Grimm said she hopes to study art or art history when she goes onto college. She would like to go to the California Institute of Art.Waters has all of her students submit work for art contests because she wants them to have some real-world experience.”It’s been really inspirational for a lot of the younger students to see Grimm working on her cow,” Waters said.Grimm wouldn’t normally have entered without a little encouragement.

“The closest thing to an art contest I’ve won was a coloring contest in fifth grade,” Grimm said. “I’ll definitely enter more. It’s a good way to help me get through college.”Grimm said she’s finished the life-size cow and it looks a little different from her original design.”It’s more authentic,” Grimm said.Safeway is one of Lucerne co-sponsors in the contest and Grimm’s cow will be on display at the Safeway in Glenwood Springs for two weeks starting Thursday. Grimm has already sent photos of her cow to the judges and should hear back from them by the middle of April.Waters is excited for Grimm. As for the $20,000 to the art program, she says – “don’t get me started.”

Waters said the school would designate $5,000 of the money as a scholarship for Grimm and would probably use some of the remaining $15,000 to fund art scholarships for other students. She has also been day dreaming about stained glass equipment and some large big-ticket machines.”It’s just really cool that she’s a finalist,” Waters said of her student. “She’s one of 30 kids in the nation.”Contact Amanda Holt Miller at 945-8515 ext.

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