Knoxville Art Students Enter Vans Shoe Design Contest

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Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) – Students at Central High School in Knoxville have been named top 50 finalists in a nationwide competition sponsored by shoe company Vans. It is the only school in Tennessee to qualify for this round of the competition.

Central High said if they won the $50,000 prize, the money would be used to revitalize the school’s art program by buying things like pottery wheels, gallery lights and decorative panels. mobile display. To open vote is organized to select the winner.

In February, Central High was selected as one of 250 schools in the Van Custom Culture High School Design Contest. Each school received two pairs of plain white shoes for students to decorate. One pair’s design was to represent “Hometown Pride” and the other to honor the Vans founder who passed away earlier this year.

A group of 20 Central students worked during art class, lunch and after school to complete their shoe designs.

For the first design, students used needle felting to create the Great Smoky Mountains, then added several Knoxville and Fountain City landmarks, including the Sunsphere, which were sculpted out of clay.

For the second pair, the students painted one shoe to represent the founding of Vans in the 1960s, with a skater on top, and the other shoe represents the growth of the brand around the world.

The winning shoe will be chosen by popular vote. To vote, go https://customculture.vans.com/. Voting is open until May 6 and you can vote once per day.

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