Local students show work in exhibit

Carolf Rolf/Contributing Writer Published May 18, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
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LITTLE ROCK — Several young artists from the Three Rivers Edition coverage area have their work on display in the 53rd Young Arkansas Artists exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock.

The exhibition will be on view through July 27 in the Alice Pratt Brown Atrium and the Sam Strauss Sr. Gallery.

“On behalf of all the staff at the Arkansas Arts Center, we are honored to acknowledge and celebrate the artistic excellence of these young Arkansas artists,” said Todd Herman, Arkansas Arts Center executive director. “I congratulate the 2014 recipients, who truly represent the best of our state’s young artistic community.”

The exhibition showcases works of art in all media created by Arkansas students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Members of the Arkansas Art Educators Association juried the entries, selecting approximately 100 works from the more than 450 submissions.

Neal Harrington of Russellville was the guest juror, awarding one Best of Class and two Honorable Mention awards from each grade. Harrington is an associate professor of art at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, where he is also chairman of the art department and gallery director.

Selections from the 53rd Young Arkansas Artists exhibition travel to schools and other venues in Arkansas as part of the Arkansas Arts Center’s State Services traveling exhibition program.

Local students with works in the show include the following:

• Batesville High School

Tenth-grader Kelsie Gish showed a graphite self-portrait.

Eleventh-grader Morgun Henson showed a graphite and collage work, Brighter Days.

• Beebe Junior High School

Seventh-grader J.C. Thompson showed a watercolor and Sharpie work, Café Terrace at Twilight.

Eighth-grader Savanna Spradlin received an Honorable Mention award for an acrylic painting, Saved by Grace.

• Beebe High School

Eleventh-grader Alexis Rowland received a Best of Class award with a colored-pencil self-portrait.

• CD Creative Studio, Cabot

Second-grader Kaitlyn McDermott showed a cut-paper and Conte-crayon piece, Yellow Bird.

Third-grader Zach Brown received an Honorable Mention award with an oil pastel, Gray Wolf.

• Cabot Junior High School North

Eighth-grader Mackenzie Schellhammer showed a pen-and-ink drawing, Giraffe.

Ninth-grader Mary Elizabeth Rushing showed an acrylic painting, Trading Pearls for Chains.

• Cabot Junior High School South

Seventh-grader Cheyenne Newcomb showed a pen-and-ink drawing, Pug.

Ninth-grader Vanessa Martinez received a Best of Class award with a colored-pencil piece, Hen and Chicks.

• Cabot High School

Tenth-grader Michelle Peck received a Best of Class award with a mixed-media work, A Game of Chance.

Eleventh-grader Sara Westmoreland received an Honorable Mention award with a charcoal self-portrait, Summer.

Twelfth-grader Sarah Twitchell received an Honorable Mention award with an acrylic painting, The Shoe.

• Cabot Middle School

A fifth-grade project produced a ceramic clay work, Lunch Tray. Contributors include Victoria Bettger, Jayde Boggs, Halleigh Burton, Gabby Cervantes, Justin Crenshaw, Serena Crook, Anna Elam, Caleb Jackson, Ray Randall, Lydia Riddle, Emma Sinclair, Jessica Waltip, Ryan Ware, Jenna Wheeler and Colton Wilson.

• Jacksonville High School

Tenth-grader Keosha Banks showed an oil pastel, Abandoned Beauty.

Eleventh-grader Julissa Armenta showed a charcoal drawing, Reflect.

Twelfth-grader Joseph Gomez showed a colored-pencil drawing, Rusty.

• Stagecoach Elementary School, Cabot

Kindergartner Kobe O’Neal won an Honorable Mention award with a watercolor and oil pastel work, Time to Go Swimming!

The Arkansas Arts Center is located 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 www.arkarts.com.

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