Sonoma Valley High School graduate Jeffrey Peterson, now a third year undergrad at the University of the Pacific, is the recipient of the 2015 Student Creative Art Award.
The annual award was announced today by the Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission.
Applicants submitted a portfolio of their work and an essay explaining the role art has played in their life and what their plans are for continuing their artistic training.
“Art is much more than a pretty painting or a melodic song; it is a medium of creative expression,” Peterson wrote in his essay. “My primary focus is music composition and over the last few years on by Bachelor of Music in music composition, I have been pushing the limits of music to fulfill my musical standards.”
Peterson told the panel the will continue his education pursuing a professional career in music. He will receive a $2,000 honorarium at an upcoming City Council meeting.
This year the Commission received entries from students attending Sonoma Valley, Rincon Valley Christian, Justin-Siena, and Casa Grande High Schools and the University of the Pacific. The areas of interest included photography, painting, costume design, animation, theater, digital art, music composition, and trombone.