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Lake Tahoe School student art strikes gold and silver

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Kylie Ludviksen with one of her pieces of art.

Truman Capote, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath, John Updike … and, maybe soon, Lake Tahoe School's own Kylie Ludviksen.

Joining some highly celebrated company, the eighth-grader has been awarded one Gold Key and two Silver Key Scholastic Art Awards as part of a recent regional competition.

Her Gold Key art selections now advance to the national level of competition.

Ludviksen's artwork was selected from among 1,452 works of art submitted. Works were judged according to the following criteria: originality, technical skills, and emergence of a personal vision.

Gold Key awards represent the highest level of achievement at the regional level, and are automatically entered into the national competition to compete with all other Gold Key works from across the nation.

Ludviksen's portraits and all art selected for Gold Key awards will be on display at The Holland Project Gallery and at the Nevada Museum of Art, both in Reno, from Friday, March 11 , through Friday, April 15.

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Each of Ludviksen's submissions to the Scholastic competition — which began in 1923 and counts among its past teen winners the young Truman Capote, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol and John Updike —were portraits of people whose faces she found compelling.

"I like drawing faces," she said. "Making the faces proportional is the biggest challenge. Sometimes you draw the eyes too big and the mouth too small."This article was submitted by Lake Tahoe School. Visit laketahoeschool.org to learn more.