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On Saturday, March 11th, Rockport Center for the Arts presented three university undergraduate and graduate students emerging in the visual arts with $1,000 in cash prizes.  The Rising Eyes of Texas (10th annual) winners are:
  • First prize $500- Kingsley Onyeiwu from Houston Baptist University for the charcoal drawing The Messenger;
  • Second prize $300- Kentra Gilbert from Houston Baptist University for the abstract 142; and
  • Third prize $200- Gabriela Martinez from Texas State University for the ceramic piece Tu Preciosa Energía (Your Precious Energy).


This year the winners were selected by Mary Mikel Stump who attended the opening. Stump is Director of Exhibitions at Southwest School of Art in San Antonio.   She spent several hours reviewing the work of thirty-four artists from thirteen Texas universities.

Mikel Stump stated, “I was impressed by the breadth, as well as the depth of works in the exhibition. Such diversity not only reflects on the instruction that these students are receiving at their respective institutions, but also the diversity of the student population in art schools in Texas. What a treat to see so many ideas and ways in which the students were making these academic categories their own! It’s always so energizing to see the results of these young and emerging artists’ efforts.”

Stump also selected five honorable mentions:
  • Elizabeth Mazurek from Southwestern University;
  • Kristen Swartz from Texas Tech University;
  • Lars Roeder from Texas A&M Corpus Christi;
  • Ross Turner from Texas A&M Corpus Christi; and
  • Laura Vasyutynska from Texas Christian University.
ROCKPORT-FULTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS RECEIVE $2,500 IN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AND CASH PRIZES
ROCKPORT CENTER FOR THE ARTS AWARDS THE SUSIE LOVE SCHOLARSHIP, THE HUDSON AWARD AND ADDITIONAL CASH PRIZES
Also on March 11th, the Susie Love Scholarship was awarded to Shawn Hartin a graduating senior from Rockport-Fulton High School who has demonstrated an interest in pursuing art in college.  Hartin submitted a stop animation film to the Rising Eyes of Texas Student Exhibition.  He created the film as a result of a free workshop hosted by the Art Center at the local high school in November in conjunction with Ropckport Film Festival.  The workshop was led by New York City filmmaker Jessie Brugger, who was invited and hosted by the Art Center through the Penny Redmon Fund.  Susie Love stated “the purpose for the scholarship is to encourage the pursuit of a career in the arts by encouraging enrollment in a college or university art program.”  This is the 10th installment of the $2,000 Susie Love Scholarship administered by the Art Center.

The $300 Hudson Award was created by Sheryl and Gerald Hudson and the 2017 recipient is Amelia Franklin.  In the spirit of continuing to foster the arts and art education, the Art Center awarded an additional $225 in prizes to:
  • $100 for first prize, Drew Scott;
  • $75 for second prize, Ansley Krnavek; and
  • $50 for third prize, Jody Sims.
Two honorable mentions were awarded to:
  • Helen Hartman; and
  • Angela Gallegos.
The exhibit’s opening night was attended by over 230 people, the majority out of town visitors, students and faculty from the participating universities along with their families and friends.  To catch a glimpse of this year’s winning entries, visit the Art Center before April 1st. Admission is always free and open to the public.

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