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Timberland artist wins art award

By: Jessica Meszaros


Janikow, who is from the Ukraine, based “Heritage Lost” on her personal experience of forgetting to speak Russian.

Timberland High senior Diana Janikow received a Gold Key award and an American Vision nomination for her painting “Heritage Lost” in the 2019 Scholastic Art Competition. Art students statewide submitted 1,600 pieces for the Regional Competition and the top 124 received Gold Key awards.

Janikow’s work was one of five pieces selected as “Best-of-Show” artworks out of the regional Gold Key winners, all of which will be submitted as nominees for American Visions medal adjudication at the national level.

According to Janikow, who is from the Ukraine, “Heritage Lost” is a self-portrait that depicts the moment she realized she no longer remembered how to speak Russian. It has also been selected for the St. Louis Artists’ Guild 2019 Emerson Young Artists’ Showcase, which runs March 7-30. Additionally, Janikow received the Award of Excellence [Best of Show] for “Heritage Lost” at the 22nd annual St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley High School Art Exhibition.

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