Pursuing her passion: Award-winning artist at Farmington High School shares her experience

Farmington High School student Morgan Reginer won an Award of Excellence for her ceramic bowls during the South Suburban Art Contest. Photo submitted
Farmington High School student Morgan Reginer won an Award of Excellence for her ceramic bowls during the South Suburban Art Contest. Photo submitted

Ever since she was young, senior Morgan Reginer has enjoyed creating art.
At a young age, she would draw cartoons and every spare minute in class she would use toward drawing.

For her it’s more about the journey, rather than the destination: “You never know what you’re gonna have at the end. It always ends up differently than you expected; each piece is one-of-a-kind.”

Reginer’s work impressed judges enough at the annual South Suburban Conference High School Visual Arts Exhibition that she was the only Farmington Area School District student to earn an Award for Excellence.

Her ceramic bowls won the award. Farmington students Sam Seyfert and Emile Althoff received merit awards for their work in the show.

Like a lot of young people these days, Reginer’s interests vary far and wide.

She looks forward to playing soccer at the University of Minnesota in Duluth next fall.

She enjoys staying active and venturing outdoors, especially in the areas surrounding Duluth: “It’s absolutely beautiful and I love that it’s disconnected from everything.”

Reginer said her parents divorced when she was young and the experience helped her to develop her artistic skills even further. She spent a lot of time alone and used art to help express what she was going through.

Her advice to people of all ages? “Keep doing what you love. Find the thing that gets you through the day.”

At the U of M Duluth, she hopes to major in biology while minoring in art.

The conference’s art show and competition included a display of works at Normandale Community College.

Seven other Farmington High School students has works on display. They were Paige Hansen, Gunner Jenrich, Emily Krook, Emma Kuusisto, Seth Miller, Makenna O’Reilly, and Julia Risto.

Show entries were judged by Josh Wilichowski, a lecturer from University of Wisconsin Stout.

A special reception and award ceremony was held Tuesday, March 7.

The students will have their art on display during the Farmington Area School District Art Show 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at Farmington High School.

Contact Maren Bauer at [email protected]