CCAC Student Art Show a Success

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Morgan Smart, of PHS, with her Best of Show entry
TD photo/Tim Blair

Clay County Arts Council leaders estimated 100 guests attended the 2018 adjudicated art show held Saturday afternoon at the Piggott Community Center. Sixty-three entries were chosen by art teachers in Corning, Piggott and Rector school districts to be presented for judging which was completed by mid-morning.

Carol Vangilder, who has years of experience in teaching art in grades K-12, Karen Dudly, an artist for 25 years, and Debbie Robinson, who boasts experience in teaching art in grades K-6 combined to determine the winners.

They judged the entries by awarding points for originality, quality, skill, use of materials, composition and the elements of art. Points were totaled in each category with the point total determining the winners. Awards were then presented for first, second and third place as well as a Best of Show award. Nominal cash awards were also presented to the winners who were present at the awards ceremony and reception, which was catered by Piggott City Market.

Clay County art teachers on hand at the CCAC adjudicated art show Saturday were, from left: Megan Owens of Corning, Joel Boyd of Rector, John Heath and Jeri Tate of Piggott and Christina Swent of Corning.
TD photo/Jane Gatewood

Spring colors welcomed guests who enjoyed punch and cookies while admiring the art work, displayed around the multi-purpose room. The stage was set with a presentation table holding large ribbons in the traditional colors of yellow for third, red for second, and blue for first, plus purple for Best of Show.

Gail Burns served as MC for the event assisted by Cathy Norred. John James chaired the event and was assisted by Larry Norred, Jarred Lowe and Cody Knight in setting up the art and the tables and chairs at the center. Linda Robinson was on hand with the grant awards of $100 each for the art teachers in attendance. Those on hand included Megan Owens and Christina Swent of Corning, Joel Boyd of Rector and Jerri Tate and John Heath of Piggott. Robinson also wrote the checks for the students who won awards and were in attendance. Lisa Jett assisted the students as they picked up their art pieces and made their way to the stage for their ribbons and photos.

The winners included--

For Kindergarten first place was Laim Welch of Piggott, second was Kaycen Warren of Rector and third was Trevor Rau of Piggott. In the first and second grade division, first went to Joshua Castillo of Rector, second to Madelyn Knight of Piggott and third to Will Hayes of Rector. First in the third and fourth grade division went to Jayle Lopez of Rector, second was Lily Duty of Piggott and third was Blake Rush of Corning. In the fifth and sixth grade division the first place entry came from Libby Green of Rector, second was Ava Baggett of Piggott and third was Natalie Mills of Rector.

First place in the seventh and eighth grade division was Lexie Green of Rector, second was Jazlyn Estes of Rector and third went to Austin Cobb, also of Rector. In the ninth and 10th grade division the first place entry came from Jewel Reed of Piggott, second was Paige Butler of Rector and third went to Amber Reed of Piggott. First place in the division for juniors and seniors in high school went to Morgan Denton of Rector, second was Sydney Haggard of Corning and third was Louis Lin of Piggott. This year's Best of Show came from the ninth and 10th grade division as well, as Morgan Smart of Piggott High School took home top honors.

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