Phoenix teen’s art to inspire Hugo Medina mural

Ross Dunham, The Republic | azcentral.com

A Phoenix North High School student’s anti-smoking art will be the inspiration for a mural by well known Valley artist Hugo Medina.

Students Taking a New Direction (STAND), Arizona’s anti-smoking youth coalition, asked student artists all over Arizona to create and submit art that inspired others “to take a STAND against tobacco.”

Joseline Valenzuela, 18, earned the 2014 “Art of Resistance” top pick and $200 in art supplies for her piece titled, “Make the Right Choice.”

Valenzuela’s art will be the inspiration for a Medina mural later this year at a location yet to be determined. The art will also be featured as the cover photo on the STAND Facebook page.

Medina, is a 41-year-old Phoenix resident and native of Bolivia, who participated in the Calle16 mural project in 2010, creating murals along 16th Street in Phoenix.

The Republic and azcentral.com conducted a readers’ choice poll featuring 13 entries in the “Art of Resistance” contest.

With 50 percent of the votes, “From Life to Death,” by Jennifer Ramos of Phoenix Trevor G. Browne High School, was the top reader pick.

Valenzuela’s work came in second with 30 percent of the votes.

Republic reporter David Madrid contributed to this article.

To read this article online or view the murals, visit this link.

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