The Fort Smith Art Museum holds its annual national competition and is looking for both professional artists and children to participate.

The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum contest has a section for children ages 6 to 18, and then another for adults. The competition for children is entering its second year, while the competition for adults dates back to 1948.

The theme of this year’s competition is makeover, focusing on the experience people have had during the pandemic shutdown.

“When you were closed, what was it like? You know, what did you do in your day? “Said Daleana Vaughan, museum education director, about my art. I got to spend more time writing, reading, spending time with my family. That’s more of what came out of this pandemic and made you come out in a positive light. ”

The museum will showcase all submitted art in an exhibition from February 4 to May 22, 2022. Vaughan plans to host a reception celebrating the art the day before the exhibition opens.

The museum will generally only accept one piece per artist, although curators may select more if there is room in the museum, gallery director Casey Seamans said.

To enter the competition, people must submit their art to the museum by December 3.

The children’s contest and the adult contest will have first, second and third prize winners.

For the adult show, the first place winner will receive $ 1,000 and a solo exhibition at the museum from 2022 to 2023, the second place winner will receive $ 500 and the third place winner will receive $ 250.

For the children’s show, the first prize winner will receive $ 300 and a solo exhibition at the museum from 2022 to 2023; the second place winner will receive $ 150 and the third place winner will receive $ 75.

A committee made up of people involved in the arts in the region will determine the winners.

Vaughan said the contest brings the community together and also allows Fort Smith residents to view artwork from across the country.

The works of adults will be for sale, but not the works of children. Vaughan said it’s because museum officials want them to be able to focus only on work and not on monetary gains.

“We want them to just be creative, enjoy what they’re doing and learn,” Vaughan said.

Vaughan said the exhibit always generates a lot of interest from the community.

“People are proud of it,” Vaughan said.

Alex Gladden graduated from the University of Arkansas. She previously reported for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Jonesboro Sun before joining the Times Record. She can be contacted at [email protected]



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