The first place prize went the Heesoo Kwon, a senior in CDS. Her piece references traditional Korea; it includes old Korean money and a plow. There is deeper analysis to it though; her drawing was based on the Korean zodiac gods, more specifically, the cow. In Korea, cow is a symbol of wealth and hard-working. In order to describe such characteristic, she had chosen to paint the coins(which means wealth) and the plow, which would describe the sincerity of the work. Her piece is lively, with real strings that curve around the plow, and her background effectively adding on to the meaning of the piece as a whole.
The third place went to Stephen Oh, a junior from the Seoul American High School. His artwork stood out because of the materials he chose to use; the only thing that was to use to draw the piece was pen. The piece is realistic yet extremely, descriptive and vivid. The object in the piece is imaginary - a combination of a insect and reptiles - but the details make the piece look like as if it was real. The pattern of the tortoiseshell and the wing, and shadows are explicit and clear. Those elements make his piece extremely lively.