Student Artist in the Spotlight: Kevin Koenig

Posted: Friday, May 25, 2007

Age: 18.

Grade: 12th.

School: Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School.

Art of choice: music and visual art.

All in the family: "My father used to be really involved with Tlingit art. I have some of his paintings and I was inspired."

Reason: "I like the art, because it is my culture, and it is peaceful to create. I started the second quarter of last year working under the direction of David Boxley Jr."

To continue: "Yes. I would like to get traditional tools and work under a master carver or someone who is a respected carver."

Favorite artists: "I like various artists from Charles Baudelaire, Pablo Neruda, Pablo Picasso, Ludwig van Beetoven, Rachmaninov, Queen, Beetles, P.O.D., Drowning Pool, Duke Ellington, Gary Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Bob Marley, etc."

Future plans: "I would love to work for a law firm or work within the legal system - maybe public defender or district attorney." He also wants to coach soccer.

Activites: He is a soccer club member, involved in his church and vice president of Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 3 in Douglas.

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His principal, Laury Scandling, says: "Kevin displays a joyful creativity in how he views the world and particularly in music. He has delighted the entire school on several occasions with his renditions of Big Band, Ragtime and classical piano. He also is an imaginative visual artist. Kevin is not afraid to perform in front of his peers - which can be daunting for teens. He is a resilient and eager learner. His loving heart keeps him open-minded about trying new things. Kevin has a strong connection to the spiritual realm and to his Tlingit culture. He comes from a strong, proud family."

• Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program. To have your student art included, contact your school office.

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