Austin High School senior Leslie Noriega has been named the 2021 Artist of the Year.

Leslie has been artistically inclined from an early age, working in numerous mediums before settling into drawing and, this year, painting with acrylics. She draws inspiration from current events and social situations and hopes to use her art to convey her views.

After High School, Leslie will be attending the Minnesota College of Art and Design and, while she’s not sure what she’ll do after that, is excited to develop her skills.

“Everybody has talent,” says Leslie, “so take chances and go for it.”

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