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Northwest art faculty members and U.S. Congressman Sam Graves honored three high school students whose work was recently displayed at Northwest’s Kansas City Center in conjunction with the 2011-2012 Sixth Congressional District Art Competition. Left to right are Graves; Kaitlyn Burress; Haley Johnson; Selina Kendall; Beverly Hartland, Platte County R-3 High School art teacher; and Philip Laber, chair of the Northwest art department.

Northwest art faculty members and U.S. Congressman Sam Graves honored three high school students whose work was recently displayed at Northwest’s Kansas City Center in conjunction with the 2011-2012 Sixth Congressional District Art Competition. Left to right are Graves; Kaitlyn Burress; Haley Johnson; Selina Kendall; Beverly Hartland, Platte County R-3 High School art teacher; and Philip Laber, chair of the Northwest art department. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

Jan. 12, 2012

Art competition winners' artwork displayed at Northwest Kansas City Center

Updated Jan. 30, 2012

“Uncertain Future” by Kaitlyn Burress

“Uncertain Future” by Kaitlyn Burress

“The Final Salute” by Haley Johnson

“The Final Salute” by Haley Johnson

“Ponder” by Selina Kendall

“Ponder” by Selina Kendall

Northwest Missouri State University art faculty members selected the works of three Platte County High School students for display at Northwest’s Kansas City Center in conjunction with the 2011-2012 Sixth Congressional District Art Competition.

As part of the annual Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery,” Northwest faculty selected the following works:

  • First place: “Uncertain Future” by Kaitlyn Burress
  • Second place: “The Final Salute” by Haley Johnson
  • Third place: “Ponder” by Selina Kendall

The students were recognized during a reception Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Northwest Kansas City Center. U.S. Congressman Sam Graves, who represents the Sixth Congressional District, presented the awards.

The Sixth Congressional District of Missouri partnered with Northwest to participate in the Annual Congressional Art Competition. The contest encourages and recognizes the rich artistic talents of local youth, while giving them an unique opportunity to have their work displayed at the local and, possibly, national levels.

Faculty in the Department of Art at Northwest judge the artwork and award one artist with a $500 art scholarship to Northwest. The top three entries receive prominent display at Northwest’s Kansas City Center with other high-quality pieces chosen by the faculty. While this year’s exhibit featured a total of 39 artworks in a variety of media, Kendall was awarded the art scholarship.

As the winning entry from the Sixth District, Burress’ work will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel at the U.S. Capitol with other artwork from congressional districts around the country. Burress also is invited to attend a ceremony in Washington, D.C., to help unveil the winning artwork from around the nation.

The Northwest Kansas City Center offers 20 graduate degree and certificate programs including 19 in education ranging from master's, education specialist and education doctorate degrees, as well as a master of business administration. For more information, contact the Kansas City Center at 816.736.6600 or log on to www.nwmissouri.edu/kc.


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Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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