Area students show works in Young Arkansas Artists exhibition

Carol Rolf Originally Published March 24, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated March 22, 2013 at 9:56 a.m.
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Mirrored, by Paige Goodale, a 12th-grader at Vilonia High School, received an Honorable Mention award.

Several young artists from the River Valley & Ozark Edition coverage area have their works on display in the Young Arkansas Artists 52nd Annual Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. The exhibition will be on view through May 5.

The exhibition showcases artworks in all mediums created by students in kindergarten through the 12th grade in Arkansas. Teachers from 127 schools across the state submitted 508 artworks for consideration. Members of the Arkansas Arts Educators selected 102 pieces for the exhibition.

A guest juror selected one Best of Class and two Honorable Mention awards for each grade level. Monetary awards, funded by Arkansas Children’s Hospital, are given to support each winner’s arts program.

Selections from the exhibition travel to schools and other venues in Arkansas as part of the Arkansas Arts Center’s State Services traveling exhibition program.

The following local students have works in the show:

Academics Plus Charter School, Maumelle:

Third-grader Luke Quattlebum with a ceramic, Hero.

Ninth-grader Nicole Wheat with an untitled watercolor.

Art Lessons With Mrs. Jenni, Wooster:

Third-grader Brianna Swafford with an acrylic and oil pastel on wood, Long Giraffe.

Florence Mattison Elementary School, Conway:

First-grader Halen Kemper with a mixed media, Scrap-Jar With Flowers.

Fourth-grader Markie Salzwedel with a chalk pastel and watercolor, Covered Bridge.

Ida Burns Elementary School, Conway:

First-grader Maddison Ratcliff with a tempera, Snowy Owl.

Second-grader Lilith Douglas with an untitled marker piece.

Third-grader Monte Amesquita with an untitled landscape in chalk.

Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway:

Kindergartner Ma’Rya Carter with a mixed media piece, Monsty.

Second-grader Audrey Kendrick with mixed media, Smiley the Rooster.

Julia Lee Moore Elementary School, Conway:

First-grader Shantell DelPortillo with mixed media, Beautiful Music.

Second-grader Kelsey Armer with mixed media, My Van Gogh.

Pine Forest Elementary School, Maumelle:

First-grader Blakely Rochelle with a piece made with marker, Happy Little Girl.

Pottsville High School, Pottsville:

Eleventh-grader Madison Johnson with a charcoal pencil piece, Tiger.

Twelfth-grader Courtney Reed with a charcoal piece, Shelb’s Shoes.

Pottsville Junior High School, Pottsville:

Seventh-grader Emma Gregory with a charcoal, Crescendo.

Ninth-grader Emily Brians with a charcoal and chalk, Nakawa, which won an Honorable Mention award.

St. Joseph School, Conway:

Sixth-grader Mary Pham with an ink Styrofoam print, Popping Fast Food.

Theodore Jones Elementary School, Conway:

First-grader Macy Rose Jones with a watercolor crayon and marker, My Cool Red Shades.

Fourth-grader Jashunti Clifton with a mixed media, Three Trees, which won an Honorable Mention award.

Vilonia High School, Vilonia:

Twelfth-grader Paige Goodale with a pastel, Mirrored, which won an Honorable Mention award.

The Arkansas Arts Center is at Ninth and Commerce streets in Little Rock. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is closed Mondays and major holidays.

There is no admission charge.

For more information, call (501) 372-4000 or visit

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