The Kirby Hill House Educational Foundation Inc., hosted its annual Art Extravaganza on Saturday, April 22nd. Without the support of local artists, teachers, vendors, and attending members of the public, this event would not have been the success that it was.
We would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You!” to all those who participated in and attended the event.
As part of the Art Extravaganza festivities, artists of all ages were invited to enter artworks into the Art Show in either (or both) of the two themed categories:
"Artist's Choice/Open Theme" or "Around the World: Culture and Traditions".
These works were judged and displayed during the Art Extravaganza event.
Pictures of the event and the list of award winners for this year’s exhibition are below.
Best of Show
Judges awarded a Best of Show plaque to the best student entry and adult entry.
Each of these artists also received a $25 gift card to reward their efforts.
Lynn Tanner - Pueblo Storyteller
Perla L. - Rodeo Faces
Judges awarded Gold Medals to the best works in the various age and theme categories.
These pieces are considered "runners up" to the Best of Show.
Lydia B - The Front Porch - 1st Grade
Macie R - Space Farm - 8th Grade
Bilha B - Kitsune Giesha Performing with Japanese Dragon - 8th Grade
Kaylee B - Cowboy Valley - 12th Grade
Kaylee B - Heritage - 12th Grade
Bruce Oler - Texas Cajun Feast - Adult Entry
Judges awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons to works of special merit in each of the various age, theme, and media categories.
1st place 2D, Themed - Ryan A - Chinese Dragon - 8th Grade
2nd place 2D, Themed - Jaylee U - A Trip to... - 6th Grade
3rd place 2D, Themed - Julisa L - Indian Flower Girl - 7th Grade
1st place 2D, Open Theme - Jade H - Looking at Momma - 8th Grade
2nd place 2D, Open Theme - Allison N - Enjoying the Evening Sun - 8th Grade
3rd place 2D, Open Theme - Lylah C - This Friend of Mine - 8th Grade
1st place 2D, Themed - Kenzi H - Japanese Cherry Blossom - 12th Grade
2nd place 2D, Themed - Perla L - Into the Mountains - 10th Grade
3rd place 2D, Themed - Nataly L - Wrap-a-Round - 10th Grade
1st place 3D, Open Theme - Leonie K - Back on Track - 11th Grade
1st place 2D, Open Theme - Kenzi H - Growing Up - 12th Grade
2nd place 2D, Open Theme - Caraline H - Man and More - 11th Grade
3rd place 2D, Open Theme - Perla L - Sunset Rooster - 10th Grade
1st place 2D, Open Theme - Madalyn Blackshear - Expressive Portrait - Adult Entry
2nd place 2D, Open Theme - Tessy Cryer – Mission Monarch - Adult Entry
3rd place 2D, Open Theme - Rebekah Warrick – Dusk - Adult Entry
1st place Photography, Themed - Bruce Oler - Antique Texas Rail Car - Adult Entry
3rd place Photography, Themed - Bruce Oler – Texas Cast Netting - Adult Entry
This year there were nearly 100 artworks submitted to the Art Extravaganza judges. The works selected for the traveling exhibition represent the judges’ favorite entries as each of these earned a Gold Medal or Best of Show award in their respective categories
Locations for the 2023 Traveling Exhibition are:
Monday April 24th - Friday May 5th
Hardin County Courthouse Rotunda
Monday May 8th - Friday May 12th
Silsbee High School
Thank you for visiting our exhibition and for your support of local artists!
The Kirby Hill-House Educational Foundation wishes to thank participating Southeast Texas public/private school teachers for their dedication to promoting the visual arts in our community by awarding funds to supplement their art classroom supplies budgets.
Judges use a point system that takes into consideration the number and level of award-winning student artworks each teacher submitted compared to the total number of entries from that teacher, thereby rewarding quality over quantity.
Our teacher winners for 2023 are:
1st Place - $225 - Brittany Tanton - Silsbee High School
2nd Place - $175 - Colleen Puckitt - Kountze Middle School
3rd Place - $100 - Rozalia Stark - Edwards-Johnson Memorial Silsbee Middle School