Hocker Grove Artist Honored in State Exhibit

Shawnee Mission School District

A Hocker Grove Middle School eighth-grader earned a top honor this spring from the Kansas Art Education Association.

Nirvana Mullin created a symbolic self portrait that was displayed as part of a statewide Youth Art Month exhibit. At the conclusion of the exhibit, Mullin was presented a second-place award.

Mullin, who is active in Alphabet Soup Club and art club at Hocker Grove, was recognized in a state ceremony and received a prize pack with art supplies, a certificate, and a ribbon.  

The symbolic self portrait incorporated multiple symbols that represented parts of Mullin’s life. After the event, numerous art educators contacted Mullin’s teacher Alyssa Passmore to share they immediately recognized Mullin in person after seeing the portrait, an “incredible” response, Passmore noted. All of the symbolism incorporated into the drawing is likely what made it stand out to the judges, Passmore expressed.

“I am so proud of Nirvana,” Passmore shared. “They make teaching art fun because I just can’t wait to see what they make next!”

Youth Art Month is a national promotion of visual art and art education.