BY BRIAN RIGGS
Fort Madison Area Arts Association
FORT MADISON – April always marks the strong regional high school art competition at FMAAA gallery, featuring Central Lee, Eldon, Ft. Madison, Hamilton, Holy Trinity Catholic, and Keokuk. Schools self-jury entering up to 22 pieces in the divisions of black-and-white drawing, color drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, and 3D. Overall Best of Show and 1st-3rd ribbons are awarded per division with honorable mention awards at juror’s discretion. Lee County Bank is the sponsor for this month’s exhibit with viewing available on Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm.
The show was juried by tandem artists from Burlington, Karla Mundt and Fritz Goeckner. Fritz has the feature exhibition at FMAAA in November. Both of them are long-term members of Burlington Art Center and FMAAA. All jurors comment to the quality of the regional competition causing hardship when judging. By melding and compromising they came to a dual conclusion while “still having the ability to ride back in the same car together.” They looked for originality in concept that showed a different point of view over quality of technique.
Best of Show was awarded to Claire Graham of HTC for “Study Buddies”. She will receive the monetary stipend from Personal Touch Portraits. This is the second Best of Show win for Claire in the last few years. 1st Place in Black&White drawing is Alita Bossler, 9th grade at Eldon for “Pipes”. 2nd Place went to Natalie Vye, 12th grade at Central Lee for “Whatever”. 3rd Place went to Annabelle King, 10th grade at FMHS for “Staircase to the Soul”. Abagail Rodriquez, a senior at Keokuk, took an Honorable Mention ribbon in drawing.
Colored Drawing division winner was Jordan Nagel, a senior at Central Lee for chromatic drawing of “Seadog”. Amber Ludwig, a sophomore at Eldon, won second place with “Waiting on the Band”. Maisi McCubbins, a junior at Eldon, took third place with pastel of “The Fox”. Two Honorable Mentions were awarded in this division going to Morgan Meierotto, sophomore at FMHS, and Taylor Thompson, a senior at Hamilton.
First Place in Photography went to Olivia Smith, 11th grade at Keokuk. She will win the Ernie and Peggy Hobbs Memorial Photography stipend. Second Place was Allysen White, 9th grade at FMHS. Third Place went to Olivia Smith with an Honorable Mention going to Keokuk’s MacKenzie Northup in 12th grade. The 3D/Sculpture division went to Calem MacLearn, 10th at FMHS for “Mr. Robot”. 2nd Place to Sierra Mertens, 12th grade at Central Lee, for “Little Cotton Tail”. 3rd Place went to Kelsey Vorhies, 11th grade at Eldon with a Woven Ceramic Bowl. An Honorable Mention went to Lilly Scott, 10th grade for FMHS with a massive sculpted owl.
The painting division first place went to Deanna Warner, 11th grade FMHS with “Willow”. Second place went to Rachel Hellman, 10th grade FMHS with “In My Wake”. Third was awarded to Corrine Keenen 12th grade FMHS for “Los Tigers”. Honorable Mention ribbons were awarded in painting to Cassie Campbell of Holy Trinity and Christopher Diephus of Eldon.
The Mixed Media division houses any piece utilizing multiple mediums, collage, computer design, printmaking, woodburning, and 2D stained glass. All the ribbons went to collage works. 1st Place ribbon went to Kylie Hernandez, 10th grade at FMHS, with “Nostalgia”. 2nd Place ribbon went to Vivi Linna, 12th grade at FMHS with “Pigeon”. 3rd Place went to Baily Hornung, 12th grade Central Lee with “Blue Eyes in the News”. Honorable Mention ribbon went to Cassie Campbell, 10th grade Holy Trinity with “Gracie”.
Congratulations to all the participants and winners of another great Annual High School Competition. Can always see the show after 5pm on Guitar Tuesdays at FMAAA. Also find the Easter Egg Basket at the gallery for a chance to win Egg-Stravaganza Bingo over the next week in downtown Ft. Madison. Winner will be drawn April 24th for their own blow-out basket of goodies.