The carefully crated trunk contained works of art by Arkansas youth from kindergarten through 12th grade and is being put on exhibit through the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. The works are the award winners from the 48th annual Young Arkansas Artists Competition and Exhibition at the center in Little Rock. The traveling event is a collaboration with the Arkansas Arts Center and the Arkansas Department of Education and will be on display in the Highland Middle School Library until Sept. 16 and then will be moved to the Highland High School Library from Sept. 17-25 for the publics to view.
Local winners whose work is exhibited in the mobile gallery include 2009 Highland High School graduate Natalie Pickle's watercolor titled "Now You See It ... Now You Don't" and Southside kindergartener Blayne Bufford's "Line Moose."
The Arts Center said there were 709 entries from 162 Arkansas schools submitted for the competition. These entries included paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, textiles and mixed media works.
State art instructors who are also members of the National Art Education Association chose 164 winning entries for the show. These works from 85 different Arkansas schools were displayed at the Arkansas Arts Center galleries.
From these entries, the curatorial staff at the center chose 90 pieces for special recognition. The art was framed and arranged into five traveling exhibits to be sent to schools throughout the state during the 2009-10 fiscal year. Due to restrictions in shipping, larger works and ones that were three dimensional could not be included in the gallery.
The Young Arkansas Artists touring exhibitions are supported by: Bank of America, Horace C. Cabe Foundation, The Stella Boyle Smith Trust, The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. Grant support is received from the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.
This exhibit is one of several that is available for scheduling through the Art's Center's State Services Department. Information on these programs can be obtained at 800-264-ARTS.