Star City students win awards at art exhibit


Cassidy Zuspan, a fifth-grader at Jimmy Brown Elementary School and Colton Rudder, a junior at Star City High School, each won first place for the region in their grade division at the 2013 Southeast Arkansas K-12 Student Art Exhibit, now on display at the Spencer Gallery at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, sponsored by the Arkansas Art Educators Association.

The artwork has been on display since March 18 and will continue to be shown until Sunday. A reception and awards ceremony will be held Sunday at 2 pm. The public is invited to attend.

The artwork created by Zuspan and Rudder will be included in the state Arkansas Art Educators art exhibit in Little Rock from May 10 through July 27 at the Arkansas Studies Institute in the Butler Center Main Gallery, located in the River Market District at 401 President Clinton Avenue in Little Rock.

The exhibit includes artwork from students in kindergarten through 12th grade in schools in Jefferson, Cleveland, Lincoln, Desha, Calhoun, Drew, Bradley, Union, Ashley, and Chicot counties.

The exhibit also includes original works of art created by 30 Star City School District students from Jimmy Brown Elementary School, Star City Middle School, and Star City High School.

Other Jimmy Brown Elementary School winners include: Cash Tollison, kindergarten – third place; Kaeton Kirk, first grade – third place; Dillon McBryde, second grade – third place; and Anna Blasengame, third grade – second place.

Other Jimmy Brown Elementary School students with artwork included in the exhibit are: Jace Hall, second grade; Ryan Allbright, first grade; Jerrod Villareal, fourth grade; Gage Johnson, fourth grade; and Jackson Burnett, fifth grade.

The Jimmy Brown Elementary School students are under the instruction of art teacher Suzi Davis.

Star City Middle School students with artwork included in the exhibit are: Kaylin Parker, seventh grade; Kahleah Bohlman, seventh grade; Marco Hernandey, seventh grade; Deyanae Robinson, seventh grade; Jeff Patton, eighth grade; Amira Ford, eighth grade; Samantha Minton, eighth grade; Morgan Newton, eighth grade; Caleb Walker, eighth grade; and Natalie Stephens eighth grade.

The Star City Middle School students are under the instruction of art teacher Jill Moore.

Star City High School winners at the exhibit include: Robert Davis ninth grade, second place; Haley Bishop, 11th grade, second place; and Aubrey Gill, 11th grade, Honorable Mention.

Other Star City High School students with artwork included in the exhibit are: Megan Edwards, tenth grade; Allison Kiernan, 10th grade; Allie Sirois, 11th grade; Morgan Taylor, 11th grade; Antonio Magana, 12th grade; and Tyler Courson, 12th grade.

The Star City High School students are under the instruction of art teacher Roger Darren High.