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AETN Hosts “Young Arkansas Artists” Exhibit Sept. 3-21

Posted on 05 Sep 2012

"Feeding My Rainbow Fish" by Rosie Mahan 

Discover the work of a budding Picasso or Van Gogh at AETN this month! From Sept. 3-21, we’re hosting the 51st annual “Young Arkansas Artists” traveling exhibition, organized by the Arkansas Arts Center with the cooperation of the Arkansas Department of Education. Thirty-six astounding pieces created by Arkansas students will be on display – and you’re invited to come see them for yourself!


Each year the “Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition” accepts entries original works created under a teacher’s supervision during the school year from public and private school students across the state in grades K-12. This year, 177 Arkansas schools submitted a total of 667 works of art for the contest. 

There’s an amazing breadth of topics and styles in the 166 paintings drawings and mixed media pieces that were selected to appear in the exhibition! We’re proud to feature the following 36 artworks:

  • “Cross Contour Hands,” Veronica Ocampo, fifth grade, Blazing Art School.
  • “Curious Cub,” Sophia Becker, seventh grade, Cabot Junior High North.
  • “Lily & Pear,” Jennifer Wallace, seventh grade, Cabot Junior High South.
  • “At the Cross,” Lauren Calhoun, eighth grade, Cabot Junior High South.
  • “Caladiums,” Emily Richards, ninth grade, Cabot Junior High South.
  • “Wood Song,” Hunter Godsey, 10th grade, Cabot High School.
  • “Reflections,” Nikayla Hughes, 11th grade, Dewitt High School.
  • “Feeding My Rainbow Fish,” Roxie Mahan, kindergarten, Florence Mattison Elementary School.
  • “Hoot, Hoot,” Morgan Robertson, first grade, Florence Mattison Elementary School.
  • “Mr. Louis Armstrong,” Sugey Sifuentes, second grade, Jim Stone Elementary School.
  • “Piano Time!,” Jenna Claire Zane, second grade, Jonesboro Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School.
  • “Three Musicians,” Orma Rose Ashodian, third grade, Jonesboro Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School.
  • “Dream,” Chaz Powell Stafford, fourth grade, Jonesboro Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School.
  • “Watch Me Run and Jump!,” Padraigh Easley, kindergarten, Theodore Jones Elementary School.
  • “The Rooster Walks in the Grass,” Anastasia Sexson, first grade, Theodore Jones Elementary School.
  • “Year of the Dragon,” Elizabeth Sloas, sixth grade, Valley View Intermediate School.
  • “Boy Under Light,” Elizabeth Poindexter, ninth grade, Vilonia Junior High School.
  • “Me and My Room,” Sarah Little, 10th grade, Vilonia High School.
  • “Self Portrait,” Caitlin Leonard, 10th grade, Abundant Life School.
  • “Primary Fish,” Konner Brown, third grade, Blazing Art School.
  • “High Tea,” Christian Tiffin, eighth grade, Dianne Roberts Art Studio and Gallery.
  • “Just Drifting Along,” Carrie Hill, ninth grade, Dianne Roberts Art Studio and Gallery.
  • “Chovdy,” Luis Arellano, 10th grade, Hall High School.
  • “Pear still life,” Coleman Carrh, second grade, Little Rock Christian Academy.
  • “Wind,” Emma Huchingson, fourth grade, Little Rock Christian Academy.
  • “Still life pears,” Hope Boshears, fifth grade, Little Rock Christian Academy.
  • “Torn Paper Portrait Value Study,” Chloe Gehring, sixth grade, Miss Selma’s School.
  • “Snowy Owl,” Isabelle Boysen, second grade, Pulaski Academy.
  • “Self-Portrait,” Sade Storthz, seventh grade, Pulaski Academy.
  • “Red Dreads,” Shamsie Malek, 12th grade, Pulaski Academy.
  • “Self-Portrait,” Henry Allen, sixth grade, Pulaski Heights Middle School.
  • “Pretty Castle,” India Clayton, kindergarten, Seventh Street Elementary School.
  • “A Very Busy City with a Flying Dog,” Angel Pinedo, kindergarten, Wakefield Elementary School.
  • “The Blue on the River,” Logan Haymon, fourth grade, Williams Traditional Magnet School.
  • “My Favorite Place to Read,” Ruben McIntosh, first grade, Wilson Elementary School.
  • “Friends in Contour Line,” America Montante, fourth grade, Wilson Elementary School.
Their color, themes and originality are jaw-dropping – and truly very exciting! It’s always an exciting time of year when we’re fortunate enough to unpack and preview the exhibition. But you don’t have to take our word for it! 

Come see the “Young Arkansas Artists 51st Annual Exhibition” for yourself! This exhibit is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at AETN’s headquarters, 350 South Donaghey Avenue, in Conway. 

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