CCHS Students Win Cash Awards From Art Museum

"Pride" by Jasmine Mikulak.

By Moises Murillo

Kimberlyn Gonzalez and Jasmine Mikulak, seniors from Cathedral City High School, were honored April 13 when they were awarded cash prizes for their art pieces at the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Fine Arts Creative Awards and Scholarship (FACAS) exhibition.

Gonzalez won $1,000 for her photo “The Birden,” and Mikulak won $300 for her photo “Pride.’

For the past 22 years, the Palm Springs Art Museum has held an annual event to help student artists pursue and showcase their pieces.  This year’s theme was power.

Nine students from Cathedral City High School (CCHS) entered pieces into this annual event. Ranging from graphite drawings to video to digital art and to ceramics, these nine CCHS students are proud to have been selected to submit their work.

Madeleine Haas, the CCHS fine arts department chairperson, said choosing which pieces to enter from her school was a difficult decision. “We had so many good pieces to choose from,” said Haas.

“Our visual art program is the largest in the valley, so choosing what is the best of the best includes many possible choices,” said Haas. Once all the pieces have been selected for the show, the pieces are then sent to the Palm Springs museum where they are evaluated by professional jurors.

“Getting one’s work into a juried show hosted by a nationally acclaimed museum is a great accomplishment for our school and the individuals. When a student’s art work is allowed to be shown in the gallery at the museum, you have already been honored,” said Haas.

“It feels nice. I put a lot of thought and time into this piece, and it’s become something I treasure,” said CCHS junior Amanda Miller.

Miller entered her ceramic piece “Inner Power.” “Our metaphorical heart controls mostly all of what we do and decide in our lives,” she said.  “Without it, we’d live a life exactly like everyone else. We’d have no ‘heart’ in what we do. Everyday would be a set routine.”

Pieces will be on display at the Jorgensen Gallery and Mark Graphics Center from April 13 to May 20.

Pieces from CCHS that were entered in the show

Graphite Drawings

Teacher Madeleine Haas

    • Kirby Bressler – “Power Woman”
    • Stephanie Cervantes – “Love the Powerhouse of the World”


Teacher Matt Hamilton

    • Fabiola Paredes & Moises Murillo – “Blooming Beautiful Glass”

Digital Art

Teacher Matt Cauthron

    • Jasmine Mikulak – “Pride”
    • Kimberlyn Gonzalez – “The Birden”


Teacher Nan Burlingame

    • Yuliana Chairez – “Untitled”
    • Joseph Mezquita – “Mezquita”
    • Amanda Miller – “Inner Power”