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TRAHC Announces Winners of 22nd Annual Juried Student Exhibition




TRAHC thanks everyone who attended the 22nd Annual Juried Student Exhibition Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 17th.
 
SPECIAL THANKS to all the student artists and art teachers who make this exhibition possible. TRAHC couldn't do it without you!

Also a big THANK YOU to the Women for the Arts for hosting the reception!

The following are the winners for this year's exhibition:

High School Level Awards

Best of Show:
Kenzie Glover of Pleasant Grove High School for "Through the Looking Glass"

First Place:
Alex Smith of Pleasant Grove High School for "Harnessed"

Second Place:
Chevi Daniels of Texas High School for "Slab, Drape, & Fire"

Third Place:
Emily Crews from Private Instructor Jeannie Edward for "Star Gazer"

Honorable Mention:
Metz Branch of Chisum High School for "A Loud Uprising"

Honorable Mention:
Patricia Hale-Siedler of Pleasant Grove High School for "Classify"

Merit Award:
Samantha Kidd of Arkansas High School for "Fierce Lion"

Merit Award:
Ali Johnson from Private Instructor Thela Leonard for "Cirque Du Sunset"

Merit Award:
Juliana Terrell of Pleasant Grove High School for "Runway"

People's Choice Award:
Ali Johnson from Private Instructor Thela Leonard for "Cirque Du Sunset"


Middle School Level Awards

Best of Show:
Kaillin Stewart of North Heights Jr. High School for “Self-portrait”

First Place:
Hannah Ensor of Chisum Middle School for “Deer to Me”

Second Place:
Taylor Anstee of North Heights Jr. High School for “Self-portrait”

Third Place:
Megan Sanders of Chisum Middle School for “Still Smiling”

Honorable Mention:
Sophie Cree from Private Instructor Jeannie Edwards for “Under the Sea”

Honorable Mention:
Hanna Klein from Private Instructor Jeannie Edwards for “Copper Kettle”

Merit Award:
Samantha Knowles of Pleasant Grove Middle School for “The Lone Button”    

Merit Award:
Elizabeth Alderete of Chisum Middle School for “Quite”

People’s Choice Award:
ReAnn Wall from from Private Instructor Thela Leonard for "When Toro Comes"
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We had 274 entries from 11 high schools and 5 middle schools and 2 private instructors.
 
Out of those, 119 were accepted into the exhibition and 17 of those pieces were recognized for outstanding work.
 
This year’s Juror was Katherine Strause, Art Department Chair at Henderson State University.

Juror’s Statement
Selecting a juried show is one of the most challenging tasks that an arts professional is asked to do. In an always too brief period of time, one must choose “the best” from a diverse group of artworks. There are no hard and fast rules; one comes armed only with an understanding of composition and design, an appreciation of a wide range of styles and media, and a good eye for images that manage to communicate something more than the sum of their basic elements. The 22nd Annual Juried Student Exhibition represents the creative energies of this entire region and is a great and honorable responsibility to jury.

In making my selections, I wanted the work to be fine in technique and craftsmanship as well as expressive of an idea, complex or straightforward. The top award winners all displayed a level of drawing and design skills that were accomplished and clever. Best in Show was particularly interesting given the concept of women and work and how the artist was able to convey the idea in a new way using deep-rooted imagery. The combined media in many of the works added a dimension both physically and conceptually that engaged and intrigued me as a viewer. The artists told stories about themselves as human beings in an authentic and convincing way. The number and quality of entries for the entire exhibition was quite astounding.
My advice to student artists is to look at art.  Travel to as many museums and art centers as possible to view actual works. Become a scholar with an insatiable curiosity for the past, present and future of our art making tradition and then unleash this knowledge on your work. Develop discipline and a love of working that keeps you in the studio. Keep the quality of your work and presentation very high.  A work of art is only as good as its presentation.
Congratulations to all who entered and put your work forward, to those who are in the exhibition and to the award winners.  Thank you to Amy Donohoe and the museum staff for hospitality and professional and personal assistance.  The job was a pleasure.

 


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