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Students Honored with Art Entries to Kateri Brow Memorial Student Art Collection

Students Honored with Art Entries to Kateri Brow Memorial Student Art Collection

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on 1 October, 2018

At the September 12, 2018 Issaquah School District Board Meeting, two new pieces of student artwork were unveiled for the Kateri Brow Memorial Student Art Collection. Superintendent Ron Thiele congratulated Jarom Ricks, 8th grader from Maywood Middle School, and Kyle Hoffman, Senior at Issaquah High, as the art pieces were revealed to the Board and meeting attendees.

Rick’s work, “The Gates of Imagination” aims to show that to tap into the world’s imagination, we need only open a book. Books hold the imagination of authors all around the world, all of them “Within Reach.” 

Hoffman’s described his photograph, “Shooting for the Stars,” by saying, “The Milky Way is my favorite subject to photograph. To take pictures of the Milky Way you need clear skies, a new moon, and it is only visible in the summer months. Over 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in urban areas where the Milky Way is not visible. However with a little planning and right conditions the Milky Way is within reach. I hope this picture inspires people to go out and see the Milky Way themselves.”

Congratulations to both artists on this achievement!


The Kateri Brow Memorial Art Collection began in 1998 as a tribute to former superintendent Kateri Brow, who championed school art programs during her tenure from 1986 to 1992. Private donors created a fund to allow the District to annually purchase pieces from students and professionally display them for the Issaquah community. Each school year, the Superintendent encourages educators throughout the District to submit their recommendations for the collection and also make selections from the annual PTSA Reflections Art Shows.