Snyder Announces Congressional Art Competition Winner


An Artistic Discovery: The 2009 Congressional Art Competition

Little Rock, AR — Congressman Vic Snyder announced that Alyssa Grady of Vilonia High School in Faulkner County is the winner of the 2009 Second District Congressional Art Competition.  Her grand prize winning entry is a piece entitled, “True Love”.  Sandy Ragland is Miss Grady’s art teacher at Vilonia High School.

The jurors were impressed with the entries submitted in this year’s competition and selected four works to receive honorable mention awards.  Congressman Snyder presented the grand prize award and the honorable mention awards at the opening of the Congressional Art Exhibition at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Fine Arts Building on Friday, May 9th.  Garbo Hearne donated $25 gift certificates from Hearne Fine Arts, for the four honorable mention winners.  The 2009 Honorable Mention recipients are:

Hannah Mosby, Vilonia High School (Sandy Ragland– Art Teacher)

Barbara Kersey, Oak Grove High School (Denise Jenkens– Art Teacher)

Grace Thomas, Bryant High School (Karen McManus– Art Teacher)

Paige Messer, Shirley High School (Tonya Wentzel– Art Teacher)

This year, there were 87 entries from 22 different high schools participating in the competition.  The following schools participated:

Abundant Life School

Beebe High School

Benton Jr. High School

Bryant High School

Conway High School – West

Harding High School

J.A. Fair High School

Jacksonville High School

Little Rock Central High School

Little Rock Christian Academy

Mayflower High School

Mills University Studies High School

Mt. Saint Mary’s Academy

North Pulaski High School

Oak Grove High School

Perryville High School

Riverview High School

Rose Bud High School

Shirley High School

Sylvan Hills High School

The Art School of Conway

Vilonia High School

The Art Department at UALR administered and judged the competition.  Terry Dennis and Morgan James from Work of Art donated custom framing to the grand prize winning artwork display, and Gwen Talley from Southwest Airlines presented 3 round trip tickets for the grand prize winner to attend the opening of the national exhibit at the Capitol on June 24th in Washington, D.C.

“I truly appreciate UALR contributing their time, space and staff to help host such a great competition and reception each year,” said Congressman Vic Snyder.  “I am also very grateful for our generous donations from Southwest Airlines, Work of Art in Little Rock, and Hearne Fine Arts for our student winners.”

The overall winning piece of art will be displayed for one year as part of the national exhibit in the Cannon Tunnel, a pedestrian walkway leading to the U.S. Capitol.  All other submitted entries will be featured in an exhibit at UALR for the next month.