UNION — Union County’s young artists were in the spotlight this past Thursday at an awards reception for the Union County Arts Council’s 2014 Youth Art Show sponsored by Gestamp. The reception was held in USC-Union’s Main Building with an estimated 350 people in attendance.
The 176 entries in the show were chosen by the art teachers from the various schools in Union County, with each teacher picking three entries from each class that would be featured in the UCAC exhibit. There were also entries from home-schooled students enrolled in Connections Academy.
The show’s format was a little different from past years because of work being done to UCAC’s gallery, which has forced its closure since late December.
“We had to combine all of the grades this year and have one big show,” said UCAC coordinator Jackie Senn. “In the past we’ve held two shows divided into K-5th grades and 6th-12th. We were very lucky to be able to use the university this year. There was enough space to hang all one hundred seventy six pieces.”
Also during the event, UCAC recognized the Union County schools’ art teachers in attendance with a special gift.
“These teachers are the people who inspire and encourage their students’ creativity every day,” added Senn. “We really felt like we needed to give them some much deserved recognition. If they didn’t do what they do, there would be no Youth Art Show.”
First, second and third place cash awards and ribbons were presented to the winning artists in K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-10th and 11th-12th grades. There were also two new prizes added this year.
The USC-Union Students’ Choice Award was chosen by the votes of students attending the university during the first week of the show.
Those attending the reception voted for the Peoples’ Choice Award. One hundred eight votes were cast by the students at USC-Union and nearly 200 ballots were filled out by patrons attending the reception.
“To say that we were thrilled with the attendance at the awards reception would be an understatement,” said UCAC president Bennie Giles. “We appreciate Gestamp for sponsoring the Youth Art Show for the fourth year. We would have a difficult time holding this event if not for their generous support. And, we also thank USC-Union for coming to our rescue this year. We might not have been able to have a show if they hadn’t offered their facility to us. We are very lucky to have such incredible community support.”
Awards were presented to the following young artists:
• K-2nd — 1st-Caroline Yirenki, Foster Park; 2nd — Calee Childers, Union Christian Day School; 3rd — Chloe Toth, Jonesville.
• 3rd-5th — 1st — Gracie Boulware, Monarch; 2nd — Lane Crocker, Monarch; 3rd — Ayden Burgess, Union Christian Day.
• 6th-8th — 1st — Hannah Hill, Lockhart; 2nd — Jayden Kimbrell, Union Christian Day; 3rd — Keely Messer, Union Christian Day.
• 9th-10th — 1st — Morgan Faucette, Connections Academy; 2nd — Tori Woody, Union County High School; 3rd — Ford Jolly, Union County High.
• 11th-12th — 1st — Grayson Garrett, Union County High; 2nd — Braylin Brown, Union County High; 3rd — Adam Parkins, Union County High.
• USC-Union Students’ Choice Award — Madison Frost, Jonesville.
• Peoples’ Choice Award — Lona Fleming, Jonesville.
The 2014 Youth Art Show can be viewed at the USC-Union Main Building through April 11 during the university’s regular business hours.