Miranda H. Lewis
Carter County Times
West Carter High School art students attended the annual Kentucky Burley-Coal Region High School Exhibition and Competition at Morehead State University on Wednesday.
Schools from across the Commonwealth, Ohio, and West Virginia have participated in this exciting event through demonstrations and hands-on art activities, allowing many young artists to display their works for the first time.
“The show is a partnership with Kentucky’s Art Education Association and featured artwork from 19 schools in our region,” said West Carter art teacher Kaylee Thornsberry.
Awards are given in thirteen different categories, including: ceramics, mixed media, painting, drawing, fashion design, digital media, sculpture, fiber arts and textile design, graphic design, metalsmithing and jewelry, photography, printmaking, and video and film, as well as Best in Show 2-D and 3-D.
All first-place winners move on to the all-state competition in hopes of being submitted to the national round for scholarship opportunities.
Faculty of MSU’s Department of Art and Design serve as jurors.
“During the exhibition, professors and students host demos in the Claypool-Young Art Building,” said Thornsberry of the competition.
“[I] am so proud of them,” wrote Thornsberry of her students in a social media post describing their accomplishments after the event concluded. “A day like today makes is all worth it!”
“Chloe Lambert won Best in Show 2-D, Kaylee Mabry won first place in drawing and Isaiah Fultz won third in mixed media,” she continued.
The competition also boasts an in-person newspaper and tape sculpture.
“As a team, Isaiah and Aleea Oakley placed fourth in the sculpture competition,” added Thornsberry.
With their first place finishes, Lambert and Mabry now move on to the state level art show. That show will be exhibited in Northern Kentucky, at the Hellmann Creative Center in Covington, on April 30.