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58th Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition

April 30, 2019 — June 30, 2019

Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center

In 1961, the Arkansas Arts Center hosted the first statewide Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition to ensure learning, inspiration, and creative expression. Now in its 58th year, the annual Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition showcases artwork by Arkansas students to celebrate the artistic talent and achievement of Arkansas students.

An annual crowd-pleaser, Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition features works by Arkansas students – from kindergarten through 12th grade – in a wide range of mediums and techniques.

“The Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition fosters arts appreciation throughout the state,” said Rana Edgar, Arkansas Arts Center Director of Education and Programs. “By providing a platform to celebrate creative expression, the Arkansas Arts Center reinforces the important role art plays in every classroom and every community.”

This year, 500 works in a variety of media were entered by 145 public and private school educators, homeschool educators and private art instructors from all corners of the state. Following submission, a panel of art professionals selected the top works from each grade to be exhibited at the Arkansas Arts Center. The panel selected 79 works for the exhibition, representing 47 schools across the state. From those works, one Best in Class and two Honorable Mention awards will be chosen for each grade by a grand juror. The juror will also select recipients of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists Award for Achievement in Watercolor and Ray Smenner Award for Achievement in Painting. Members of the Arkansas Art Educators Association will also select one Teacher’s Choice award from each grade level.

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Featured Works from the 58th Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition


Auburn DeJong, The Magical Cactus, watercolor and tempera, 22 x 16 inches, Kindergarten, Gibbs International Magnet School, Best of Class

Evie Paul, Line Lion, tempera paint, 18 x 12 inches, 1st Grade, Episcopal Collegiate Lower School, Best of Class

Group Project, One in a Million, construction paper and shellac, 20 x 20 x 2 inches, 2nd Grade, Lakewood Elementary, Best of Class and Teacher's Choice Award

Jenna Garcia, A Dog of My Own, oil pastel and watercolor, 18 x 12 inches, 3rd Grade, Jonesboro Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School, Best of Class

Alexandra Davis, Sea Face, cardboard and paint, 11 x 8.5 inches, 4th Grade, Dwight Elementary, Best of Class

Conner Cadle, Tabby Tales, mixed media, 20 x 26 inches, 5th Grade, Lakewood Elementary, Best of Class and Teacher's Choice Award

Stormy VanBrunt, Misty Creek, oil on canvas, 14 x 11 inches, 6th Grade, East End Intermediate, Best of Class and Teacher's Choice Award

Rebecca Rossi, Curious Cat, collage, 18 x 12 inches, 7th Grade, Central Arkansas Christian Schools, Best of Class

Dynah Brand, Artsy, linocut, 24 x 18, 8th Grade, Fulbright Jr High, Best of Class

Kylie Manes, Standpoint, batik, 17 x 25 inches, 9th Grade, Norfork High School, Best of Class

Jada Parker, Hidden Joy, charcoal, 15 x 12 inches, 10th Grade, Pottsville High School, Best of Class and Teacher's Choice Award

Haley Garner, Anywhere You Go, colored pencil, 9 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches, 11th Grade, Pottsville High School, Best of Class

Karah Allred, Function, oil on board, 24 x 24 inches, 12th Grade, Little Rock Central High School, Best of Class

Breightyn Criswell, Robes, watercolor, graphite and gold leaf, 13 3/4 x 15 inches, 9th Grade, Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy, Mid-Southern Watercolorists Award for Achievement in Watercolor

Maggie Gavin, Just an Old Worn Out Ford, acrylic, 21 x 26 inches, 12th Grade, Woodlawn High School, Honorable Mention and Ray Smenner Award for Achievement in Painting

 

 

The 58th Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition Sponsored by


Ces and Drew Kelso


Trinity Foundation


June and Edmond W. Freeman


Dale and Lee Ronnel


Trinity Foundation


Pat Wilson

 

Awards Sponsored by


Arkansas Children's Hospital 



Mid-Southern Watercolorists


*Reception support provided by Dr. Daniel F. Littlefield

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