Youth Art Show Winners Announced

The Texas Region 16 2016 Youth Art Show and Contest winners from the Texas Panhandle were named December 6 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.

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The winners of the Texas Region 16 2016 Youth Art Show and Contest were announced December 6. (Journal photo)

The winners of the Texas Region 16 2016 Youth Art Show and Contest were announced December 6 during the show’s opening reception at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo. This year, 10 middle and high school students from the Texas Panhandle were awarded cash prizes and honors for their artwork depicting the American Quarter Horse throughout history. Plus, one teacher received an all-expense-paid field trip to the Hall of Fame for the following school year.

In August, the Hall of Fame contacted teachers in Texas’ Region 16 to encourage their students to participate in this annual art show. To prepare for the show, students learned about the role the American Quarter Horse played in the history of the United States. Each student then created artwork that depicted those lessons, along with four written questions to demonstrate what they learned and how it inspired their artwork. Each entry was judged to select the winners of each age group.

More than 292 students registered for the show, but only the top 150 pieces were chosen to be hung in the Hall of Fame, based on the quality of artwork. From the pieces displayed in the Hall of Fame, 10 were selected to receive top honors. 

The winners of the middle school division:

First, $500 – Max Flores, representing Canadian Middle School 
Second, $250 – Marlen Alvarado, representing Kelton Independent School District   
Third, $100 – Lexi Lybrand, representing Canadian Middle School 
First Honorable Mention – Sarina Alvarado, representing Kelton Independent School District 
Second Honorable Mention – Priscila Chavarria, representing Bowie Middle School 6th grade campus

The winners of the high school division:
First, $500 – Elise Lusk, representing Canadian High School
Second, $250 – Logan Russell, representing Tulia High School
Third, $100 – Kade Ramirez, representing Caprock High School 
First Honorable Mention – Brooklyn Kennedy, representing Amarillo High School
Second Honorable Mention – Maddie Shields, representing Canadian High School

Elise Lusk of Canadian High School won the High School Division and “The Best in Show” award. Lusk will have her artwork displayed in the museum for one year. In addition, her teacher, Natalie Timmons, will receive a free field trip to the Hall of Fame for the 2016-17 school year.
The art show is now open to the public and will remain open until January 7, 2017. Visitors will be able to vote on their favorite piece in the show. The piece with the most votes at the show’s close will receive the People’s Choice Award and a $400 cash prize. Admission is free to AQHA members. Visit for museum hours and general admission prices.  

For more information on the Hall of Fame, visit The Youth Art Show reception and exhibit is made possible by the ongoing support of the Josephine Anderson Charitable Trust.

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