NEOSHO, Mo. —
The 18th annual Thomas Hart Benton Four-State Regional Art Competition and Exhibit will be on display until Sunday in Longwell Museum in the Elsie Plaster Building at Crowder College.
The show was open to artists living in the Four-State Region. Their pieces represent a broad range of mediums, including oil, acrylic, pastels, mixed media, watercolor, graphics and printmaking.
Artist and painter Jason Sacran, of Siloam Springs, Ark., judged the competition portion of the show, which was held on Oct. 12 at Crowder College.
“It was an honor to be here and judge a great body of work,” he said in a statement. “I was very impressed, and I can see this show growing in the future and heading in a really great direction.”
• Best of Show: “The Subjection, The Despair, The Burden” by Sara Serio.
• Curator’s Choice: “Forest Fawn” by Michael Gory.
• Professional Awards: “Intersections” by Helen Kunze; “Feather Fall #1” by Brenda Sageng; “Clouds Over” by M. Moss; “Almost Dark” by Becky Golubski; and “Tidal Dreams” by Debbie Reed.
• Excellence Awards: “Memphis Day Rub” by Alicia Farris; “Spurred On By Tradition” by Robyn Cook; “Orange & Chrome” by Tom Jones; “Cellar Light” by T. Crowe Semler; “A Cow Named Lolita” by Patti Beavers; “Main Beach” by Dan McWilliams; and “The Subjection, The Despair, The Burden” by Sara Serio.
• Merit Awards: “Ponce de Leon” by April Davis; “The Jewelry Maker” by Alicia Farris; “Purple Leaves” by DJ Bates; “Step Up Step Down” by Annie Wu; “Summer Days on the Illinois” by Gil Adams; and “In the Kitchen” by Sam Hull.
• Emerging Awards: “Landscape” by Thia Schuler; “Two Old Buildings” by Roger Wade; “War Eagle Store” by Roger Wade; and “Mayday” by Llona (Lee) House.
THE ANNUAL ART COMPETITION and exhibit are sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Art Alliance, a volunteer organization of artists. Prizes and show expenses were provided by Crowder College, Community Bank and Trust of Neosho, the Neosho Arts Council, the Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies and local businesses.