Annual Student Art Contest
In it’s 7th year, 11 finalists from submissions across all of Wisconsin public schools were chosen as finalists in the WEA Member Benefits Foundation’s annual student art contest. One finalist is selected to receive the “Loeymae Lange Memorial Best in Class” award. This year’s theme was “Life is full of magical moments.” Students could submit pieces of art that focus on capturing an uplifting moment. Through art, the Foundation is celebrating what makes life’s moments so magical. This could be a moment the student or someone witnessed or felt happiness, love, or joy, a moment in time they wish they could freeze or revisit, or a moment they look forward to or cherish.
Loeymae Lange Memorial Best in Class Award
In honor of Loeymae who taught art at Cooper Elementary School in Burlington, Wisconsin for 30 years.
Loeymae was known for her paintings using watercolors, oil, and acrylics, and for her marble sculptures. She won art competitions from California to Paris, and her artwork is on display in homes throughout the United States. Additionally, later in life she became a professional photographer, particularly of clouds.
Loeymae was a strong advocate of the values of arduous work and perseverance. She worked hard to instill these values in her students. She promoted and encouraged her most talented students to participate in art competitions because it built the student’s self-esteem not just as an artist but as a member of our society.
To honor Loeymae’s legacy, her brother Dr. Paul Lange, and his wife June, graciously started an endowment in 2021 to help promote recognition and positive self-esteem for student artists.
“Try, you might succeed. If you don’t try it’s impossible to succeed!” – Loeymae Lange
For more information, and to see a list of the 2022 winners, visit the WEA Member Benefits corporate website.