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Maria Nesbit
Anna Stothart with 1st Prize Rising Eyes Winner (college show)
Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Rising Eyes of Texas Prizes and Awards Handed Out

ART CENTER PRESENTS RISING EYES OF TEXAS UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WITH $1,000 IN CASH AWARDS SELECTED BY CURATOR OF CONTEMPORARY ART FROM SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART

EXHIBIT DRAWS OUT OF TOWN TOURISM, OVER 300 ATTENDED OPENING NIGHT

ROCKPORT,TX.

On Saturday, March 7th, 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 winners are:

  • First prize $500- Ashley Busby from Texas Tech University for the mixed media collage Remnant IV
  • Second prize $300- Guadalupe Hernandez from Houston Baptist University for the charcoal drawing Speak Life
  • Third prize $200- Hyun Park from the University of Houston for the painting Dos Quetzal

This year the winners were selected by Anna Stothart who attended the opening. 

She stated, “This is a beautiful show.”  Anna Stothart joined the San Antonio Museum of Art in February of 2015 as the Brown Foundation Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.  Stothart spent several hours reviewing the work of thirty three artists from sixteen Texas universities. 

She also selected three honorable mentions:
  • Zahra McGinnis from University of Texas at Arlington
  • Jeremiah France from Houston Baptist University
  • Cynthia Giron from Glassell School of Art

N.Everett Engel of Incarnate Word University said “this was my first juried exhibition, and it was an honor to show with such a talented group of artists.” Miguel Cortinas, Art Department Chair, stated “The University of the Incarnate Word is excited that one of our students was selected to present in this year’s Rising Eyes of Texas.”


ROCKPORT-FULTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS RECEIVE $3,000 IN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AND CASH PRIZES

ROCKPORT CENTER FOR THE ARTS AWARDS THE SUSIE LOVE SCHOLARSHIP, THE BILL HILDEBRAND MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AND THE HUDSON AWARD

Also on March 7th, the Susie Love Scholarship was awarded to Claire Hartman a graduating senior from Rockport-Fulton High School who has demonstrated an interest in pursuing art in college.  Hartman submitted artwork to the Rising Eyes of Texas Student Exhibition held in the Garden Gallery.  Susie Love said “the purpose of the scholarship is to encourage the pursuit of a career in the arts by encouraging enrollment in a college or university level art program.”  This is the 9th installment of the $2,000 scholarship administered by the Art Center.

The annual Bill Hildebrand Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Kyrie Davenport. 

The $500 scholarship was first awarded in 2015 and was bequeathed by Sam Williams, a long-standing patron of the Art Center.

The $300 Hudson Award was created by Sheryl and Gerald Hudson and the 2016recipient is Abigail Spears.

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, Hannah Horton
  • $75 for second prize, Drew Scott
  • $50 for third prize, Chance Nichols

three honorable mentions to:

  • Natalie Brake
  • Wesley Gonzalez
  • Isabella King

 All six students are enrolled in Rockport-Fulton High School.

Opening night was attended by over 300 people the majority out of town visitors, students and faculty from the participating universities along with their family and friends.  To catch a glimpse of this year’s winning entries visit the Art Center before April 2nd. Admission is always free and open to the public.