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Local Art Students Featured in 55th Annual Young Arkansas Artists Exhibit

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, State Services program presents a traveling exhibition of artwork from the 55th Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition. A representation of the creative efforts of young Arkansas artists in grades K – 12 will be exhibited October 17 through November 11 at the Regional Arts Center, located at 321 4th Street.

Young Arkansas Artists on Tour features a selection of works from the 55th Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. The annual exhibition is organized by the Arkansas Arts Center with the cooperation of the Arkansas Department of Education. Teachers from 161 schools across the state submitted 525 artworks for consideration. A panel of of artists, art educators, and professionals working in the art world selected 105 artworks for the exhibition which was on display at the Arkansas Arts Center May 6-July 24, 2016.

Tom Clifton, Professor of Art and Art Department Chair at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, selected the awards for the exhibition. He selected one “Best of Class” and two “Honorable Mention” awards for each grade level. Monetary awards, funded by Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Mid-Southern Watercolorists, were given to support each winner’s arts program.

Featured in this exhibit are several local art students: Anna Barr (3rd grade,) Wyatt Harness (5th grade,) Addison Barr (6th grade,) Kaiolahio Sooman (8th grade). In addition to those students featured in the exhibit, Addison Barr (6th grade) and Lydia Clark (7th grade) won the 2016 Best of Class award. All are students of private art instructor with Jeannie Knod Edwards, a local artist.

Arkansas Arts Center programs are supported in part by: the City of Little Rock; the City of North Little Rock; the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau; and the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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