Scholarships Awarded at Texas Panhandle Art Show

Scholarships Awarded at Texas Panhandle Student Art Show
Art Show

May 8, 2014 – The Texas Panhandle Student Art Show is the highlight of the year for young artists in the community, showcasing their work from April 25 to May 9 at the Amarillo Museum of Art. The exhibition exemplifies dedication, imagination, talent, and creative manipulation by students K-12 in both public and private schools across the Panhandle. Both 2-D and 3-D pieces consisting of paintings, drawings, printmaking processes, computer art, collage, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, and mixed media work are on display.

“For a visual artist, exhibiting your work is one of the most important aspects of creation because it opens the communication and discourse that powerful art should promote,” explains Shawn Kennedy, Caprock art teacher. “I try to provide as many opportunities as possible for my students to show their work in environments such as local art galleries and public settings to allow them the real world connections between the academic landscape and the professional world.”

The Texas Panhandle Invitational Student Art show consists of two parts, the individual exhibition and the senior portfolio exhibition.

For the individual exhibition, art teachers may enter up to 20 pieces of individual work which will be hung salon style (ceiling to floor) with 3-D pieces filling the south gallery floor. Walls will be designated for elementary, middle school and high school artworks.

The senior portfolio exhibition is in the north gallery. Senior students exhibit their portfolio of at least eight pieces of artwork created during their high school years. They will have a limited amount of wall space and may hang as many pieces as will fit within their area. Portfolios will be judged for scholarships by Amarillo College, West Texas A&M University, Education Credit Union, Amarillo Fine Art Association, and Texas Panhandle Art Education Association. College professors will interview students as part of the scholarship application process on Scholarship Night, April 29 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Amarillo Museum of Art.

Marco Rivera is a senior at Caprock planning to pursue art further after high school graduation. His inspirations vary from high fashion magazines to people he knows closely. “Something that inspires my artwork is the editorial look magazines like Vogue or L’Officiel have, that high fashion beauty. And I see my artwork evolving, more than changing. Keeping the style I have, but the skills and ideas behind my artwork becoming much more refined.”

The reception and awards ceremony are May 9 at 6 p.m. at the Amarillo Museum of Art. Scholarships will also be presented at the awards ceremony.

Individual Awards:

  • 2 Georgia O’Keeffe Excellence in Art & Creativity Awards sponsored by the Education Credit Union
  • 10 Best of Show Awards sponsored by Amarillo ISD
  • Best of Show Portfolio sponsored by Amarillo ISD

Scholarships Awards:

  • Georgia O’Keeffe Excellence in Art & Creativity Portfolio Scholarship sponsored by the Education Credit Union
  • Texas Panhandle Art Education Association Scholarship
  • Amarillo Fine Art Association Scholarships
  • West Texas A&M Art Department Scholarships
  • Amarillo College Art Department Scholarships

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