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TRAHC Announces Winners of 23rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition




TRAHC thanks everyone who attended the 23rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 16th.

SPECIAL THANKS to Debbie and David Haak! This exhibit would not be possible without their generous sponsorship.

A big THANK YOU to all the student artists and art teachers who make this exhibition possible. TRAHC couldn't do it without you! And THANK YOU the Women for the Arts for hosting the reception.

We had 283 entries from 11 high schools, 5 middle schools, 3 elementary schools and 4 private instructors.

Out of those, 150 were accepted into the exhibition and 27 of those pieces were recognized for outstanding work.


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


Elementary School Level Awards

Best of Show:
Aidyn Bennett from Spring Lake Park Elem. for “Musical Keyes of Art”

First Place:
Alexandria York from Spring Lake Park Elem. for “Splatter”

Second Place:
Anna Claire Barr of Private Instructor Jeannie Edwards for “My Sweet Dog”

Third Place:
Cody McCrary of Renaissance Art Academy for “Hello Deer”

Honorable Mention:
Kadi James from Spring Lake Park Elem. for “Egyptian Lion”

Honorable Mention:
Shelby Dunphy-Day for “The Blue-eyed Huntress”

Merit Award:
Macy McLean of Trinity Christian School for “News Deer”

Merit Award:
Anna Claire Barr of Private Instructor Jeannie Edwards for “Good Morning”

People’s Choice Award:
Alexandria York of Spring Lake Park for "Wilbur"

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Middle School Level Awards

Best of Show:
Grace Comer of Texas Middle School for “Wild Stained Glass”

First Place:
Reese Grant from Private Instructor Thela Leonard for “Purple Mountain Majesty”

Second Place:
Trinity Harvin of Texas Middle School for “Liberty for All”

Third Place:
Kenneth Lee of Texas Middle School for “Pops of Color”

Honorable Mention:
Brittany Hayden of Hooks Jr. High School for “Self”

Honorable Mention:
Esperanza Hurley of North Heights Jr. High for “Dream Catcher”

Merit Award:
Alissa Hutlo of Chisum Middle School for “Ship Out of Water”

Merit Award:
Lydia Clark from Private Instructor Jeannie Edwards for “Bug Out”

People’s Choice Award:
Kayla Walthall of Texas Middle School for "Behind the Mask"

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High School Level Awards

Best of Show:

Jaylon Washington of Arkansas High School for “Eye of the Tiger”

First Place:
Zack Smith of Pleasant Grove High School for “Playing with Wood”

Second Place:
Jada Wilson of Pleasant Grove High School for “Autonomy and Attachment”

Third Place:
Shadow Trammel of Chisum High School for “Screaming Skull”

Honorable Mention:
Reid Yeatman of Pleasant Grove High School for “Forgotten”

Honorable Mention:
Nelson Sanchez of Texas High School for “Broken Sands”

Merit Award:
Emily Crews of Private Instructor Jeannie Knod Edwards for “Grace”

Merit Award:
Elizabeth Mussett of Valliant High School for “The Beginning”

People's Choice Award:
Emily Crews of Private Instructor Jeannie Knod Edwards for "Grace"

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This year’s Juror was Donnie Copeland, Art Department Chair at Ouachita Baptist University.

Juror’s Statement

"It was a pleasure to jury the works for the 23rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition for the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council. The artworks in this exhibit have been a delight to see and are second to none. I am struck by the diversity of media, imagery and ideas among all the levels, from elementary to high school, from the most energetic and childish vision of the youngest artist to the most adept and insightful work of a young adult.
Creative and artistic feats abound throughout this exhibit. Choosing those to exclude was truly an agonizing process and was at times a matter of choosing the best from several well-made but similarly themed works. And while this choosing process was personally challenging, it was a process that made me look long and closely at the works to be included and excluded.
In seeking works for display and to award there were many considerations at hand. When considering works by the artists of the elementary schools I often chose pieces that spoke the loudest and most beautifully from the point of view of the child, artworks in which the world and tastes of us adults has not intruded too much into world of the child. On the opposite hand, sometimes a student artwork reminded me of some great artwork in a world-class museum and so I thought this to be a good reason to include the work in this exhibit.
The works I chose to recognize and award at the middle and high school levels were sometimes chosen for their quiet simplicity, sometimes for their loud and ferocious depictions, and sometimes for their statements and ideas. Some works must be noted for their technical relevance and proficiency, yes, these things are a wonder, but a strong artwork is not merely optical or well made and so what the work offers to the viewer in terms of expression, communication, energy and idea is better criteria for a work’s inclusion in this exhibit
Art is best, in my opinion, when allowed to roam free and wild. It does not need justification or explanation or an accounting of the resources and time spent on its production. Jaylon Washington's Eye of the Tiger, made of yarn and beads, may not discuss the loss of endangered species or have some other deep meaning to it. Instead it is an example of a response to the desire to make and create and of this it is an exquisite example."


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