Armuchee High School art students swept the awards at the annual Kiwanis Art Showcase. Erica Dutton, a senior, took the top award and a $500.00 scholarship in the contest. Kinsey O’Neal, also a senior, placed second and Armuchee freshman, Kiana Mata, completed the sweep by placing third in the competition presented by the local service club. The annual Kiwanis Club of Rome Art Showcase was held at The Forum on Friday, March 28.
Dutton’s winning artwork was a picture of the U.S. flag created with mixed media, colored pencil, and pen and ink. She plans to use the scholarship money to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design. Dutton hopes to become an illustrator for children’s books after graduation. “Art is my life,” Dutton said. “Anything and everything to do with art has always interested me; therefore, it has always been my career pathway.” Dutton’s drawing in the competition was intended as a tribute to her family members who have served, or are currently in the military. She said, “I wanted to represent the hardships of war and what it’s like for family members waiting on their loved ones to return.”
O’Neal grabbed second by creating a mixed media picture of faces. Her pathway at Armuchee is graphic arts, and she plans to attend Georgia Highlands next fall where she will study education. She hopes to become an art teacher. Mata took third with her colored pencil picture of an owl. She plans on pursuing an art pathway at Armuchee and is interested in attending the University of Georgia and becoming a forensic artist.
Securing all three placements in the art contest was a tremendous accomplishment for the art program at Armuchee High School. “I am thrilled for these three students to be recognized for their skill and talent,” stated Michaele Flynn, art teacher at Armuchee High. “All the students who had artwork in the show should be proud of themselves; it was an impressive showcase of their talents.” Ms. Flynn was quick to spread the accolades for success with art teachers at all levels of the school system. “The student’s success can be attributed to the creative opportunities they have been exposed to at each grade level,” she said. “The more students who are provided with this (art) experience, the more talent we can find, help develop and share with our community.”