Three seniors at Nevis High School will be pursuing their passion for art after graduation at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD).

Grace Watson is the daughter of Michele (Lueck) Watson of Akeley. Gracie Stevenson is the daughter of Laura Willhite of Park Rapids, and Kyrsten Sauser is the daughter of Bob and Kris Sauser of Nevis.

"With high portfolio and academic standards, MCAD is a top-ranked U.S. art college," Nevis art instructor Tiffany Besonen said. "These three seniors have been involved in extracurricular Art Club activities in Nevis School since eighth grade, having won many art awards through the years."

In 2018, Watson was a Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) state art show exhibitor with a computer-generated illustration.

Stevenson was recently awarded a superior medal in the drawing category of the MSHSL sectional visual arts contest.

In 2018, Sauser was a Scholastic Art Award Gold Key winner with a digital illustration and a MSHSL state art show exhibitor with a mosaic. In 2017, she won the Nemeth Art Center high school exhibit grand prize for a hand-drawn and painted illustration. Sauser has also served as an art mentor to elementary students.

"Grace, Gracie and Kyrsten have all taken many high school art classes and have put in a lot of extra time outside of school creating work that went into their college application portfolios," Besonen said.

Watson and Sauser plan to major in Illustration and Stevenson chose animation as her major.

Work by these and six other Art Club seniors will be on display from 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 at the Blue Door Gallery in Terrapin Station in Nevis as part of the Senior Art Exhibit and Music Recital.

In addition, five seniors who were in the recent spring musical "Once On This Island" will perform a recital.