2023 Student Art Contest Winners
The Arkansas Wildlife Federation again hosted the annual Wildlife of Arkansas Student Art Contest promoting wildlife education through the arts. More than 700 students from kindergarten through 12th grade submitted artwork and jurors selected the winning pieces.
All 1st-3rd placing artwork will be on exhibit on the 4th floor of the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock, July 18 – Aug. 18, 2023!
The competition is administered by the Arkansas Wildlife Federation (AWF) with guidance from the contest founders at Creative Ideas and support from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) and National Wildlife Federation (NWF).
Special thanks to our volunteers, Sharon Hacker, Jim Taylor, Geralyn Hoey, and Mandy Clark-Russell for their commitment to making this program a success!
Thank you to our jurors for their time and expertise in reviewing and selecting the winners for this year’s contest.
Bryan Winfred Massey, Sr., Professor of Art-Sculpture/3D Design, University of Central Arkansas
Jessie Hornbrook, Assistant Professor of Printmaking, University of Central Arkansas
Peter P. Bella, Jr., Assistant Professor of Art, University of Central Arkansas
About Your Jurors
Peter Bella is an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) and is also an artist and designer. He has earned his Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design; his Master of Science in Professional Studies in Communication, Business Marketing, and Information Technology and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has taught curriculum including Art Foundations, Branding, Advertising, Typography, Packaging, Graphic Design History, and others. His research personifies humanistic aesthetic, experiential virtues, and the obligation design carries within our society. Bella’s research, ‘Typology of Typography: typographic communication in sculptural form, ‘Grimm & Grotesk,’ and ‘Humanistic Experiential Methodologies as Design Mechanism’ all suggest a universal synthesis connecting humanism and societal influences through art and design.
Jessie Hornbrook is a printmaker, multidisciplinary artist, and educator. Her imagery balances layers of intaglio, lithography, relief, and screen print to achieve depth of media and message. Hornbrook’s visual vocabulary oscillates from simplicity to complex mark; abstraction to photographic representation; and in between realms of intricate biological systems to the mundane coffee cup. Hornbrook earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Central Michigan University and her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art (Printmaking) from Louisiana State University. As the Assistant Professor of Printmaking at the University of Central Arkansas, she teaches Print, Drawing, 2D art, and BFA Professional Practices. She is an avid member of multiple national printmaking councils and has shown work internationally in Rome, South America, France, and Spain. Hornbrook recently completed a residency in La Gran Canaria, Spain to master the art of electronic etching.
Bryan Winfred Massey, Sr. is currently the Chair of the Department of Art & Design and a Professor of Art/Sculptor/Designer at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC; his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. He is currently working to finish his Doctorate of Education (EdD) at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock in Higher Education Administration. He is primarily a stone carver. He works with a variation of stones from alabaster, soapstone, limestone, marble and granite. He also cast in iron, bronze and aluminum as well as fabrication of large scaled sculptures in steel. Bryan has been married to his wife, Delphine Massey, for 36 years and they have three children.