A Maryville High School sophomore was among the winners of a recent art contest sponsored by 6th District U.S. Rep. Sam Graves and Northwest Missouri State University's Kansas City Center.
The painting "Thoughts" by Emma Ackman, daughter of Dave and Leslie Ackman of Maryville, won second place in the annual competition, which was adjudicated by members of the northwest art faculty.
Forty-five young artists from across the 6th District, which includes virtually all of northwest and north-central Missouri, entered work in the contest, billed as "An Artistic Discovery."
First place was awarded to Hannah Rene Otis of Staley High School in North Kansas City for a painting titled "Thoughtless Woman." The third-place winner for "Unforgotten Soldier" was Jared Reiss of East Buchanan High School in Gower.
As the highest placing senior, Reiss was awarded a $500 scholarship to Northwest, where he plans on majoring in graphic arts.
Dave Oehler, associate professor and chair of Northwest’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, said it is important for the university to encourage young artists across the region by providing opportunities for them to display their work.
"Anything that encourages people to recognize the arts is something we want to support," Oehler said. "We want to make sure people remember they can make a difference, and that art is an important part of our lives."
"Artistic Discovery" participants were honored at a reception at the Northwest Kansas City Center earlier this month. As the first-place winner, Otis will receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where her painting will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol along with other student artworks from congressional districts across the United States.