The REALTOR® Good Works Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS® (WCAR), recently held its 2023 Student Art Contest. Williamson County high school students, whether public, private, or home school, were eligible to submit an entry. Eligible categories were charcoal, mixed media, pencil, colored pencil, oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, tempera, colored ink, photography and digital art.
A total of sixty-one entries, representing eight high schools, were submitted digitally. Judges reviewed, scored and selected the top ten finalists. A reception was held at WCAR on May 15 for the Top Ten finalists, their families, and art teachers. The submitted pieces selected as Top Ten finalists were displayed, and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners were announced and check presentations given. The high school art department for each of the Top Ten finalists will also receive matching donations from the REALTOR® Good Works Foundation.
The winners are:
1st Place - Luke Campbell, with his photography submission, “Popping Bubble”. Luke received a $1000 prize and Ravenwood’s Art Department will also receive a matching donation.
2nd Place— Daryl Rembinski, with his colored pencil piece, “Vending Machine”. Daryl is received a $500 award and Ravenwood will also receive a matching donation.
3rd Place— Alana Naughton, with “Unexpected Guest”, a colored pencil piece. Alana received a $250 award and Franklin HS will receive a matching $250 donation for their art department.
The remaining seven of the Top Ten finalists, and their respective schools, will each receive a $100 prize. They are identified as:
Lauren Cheung - Franklin HS - “Their Story” - colored pencils, gouache, and gold leaf. Solomon Duncan - Brentwood HS - “Polaroids” - oil paint on a wooden board. Lyric Hartman - Grace Christian Academy - “Tick Tock” - photography. Haley Hewitt - Independence HS - “The Unseen Song” - colored pencils, charcoal, and white gel pen. Avery Nelson - Independence HS - “Your Life My Time” – colored pencils.
“I have been amazed at the talent represented by the submitting artists!” commented Julia Kaehr, Art Contest Chair and Trustee, REALTOR® Good Works Foundation. “We love holding this competition and celebrating with our student artists each year,” stated Amy Tarter, President, REALTOR® Good Works Foundation.