Samantha Arnold wins ‘Best Of Show’ with her pencil drawing

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Sabetha High School students (L-R) senior Chloe Menold, junior Samantha Arnold and freshman Morgan Toedman all placed with their artworks at the AKMA Regional High School Exhibition on Sunday, February 27, in St. Joseph.

For more than 40 years, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art (AKMA) has been showcasing the talent of high school artists in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas. The 2022 Regional High School Exhibition features artwork from 121 students from 19 schools. Works will be on view at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art from Feb. 27 to April 16. Artists, peers, family members and community members are encouraged to attend.

Participation in the exhibition is by invitation only and students at each school are selected by their teachers to enter. Each teacher may submit five student artworks. This year, 134 works of art were presented for judging, almost double the number from 2021. Artworks were divided into nine categories, and three judges carefully considered and scored each piece. Judges are from the arts community in St. Joseph and selected works for recognition based on technique, innovation and execution.

This pencil drawing, Boots & Steps, by junior Samantha Arnold won Best of Show at the AKMA Regional High School Exhibition on Sunday, February 27, in St. Joseph.

Awards for first, second and third place were selected in each category. Some categories included an honorable mention award.

An opening reception was held on Sunday, Feb. 27, and a “Best of Show” award was presented along with honors for artists in each category.

This year’s Best of Show went to Samantha Arnold, for her pencil drawing, Boots & Steps.

In Category I: Painting, Morgan Toedman tied for second place with her painting, Pickles.

This painting, Pickles, by freshman Morgan Toedman won second place at the AKMA Regional High School Exhibition on Sunday, February 27, in St. Joseph.

In Category II: Drawing Monochromatic, Chloe Menold tied for second place with her pencil drawing.

Other entries from Sabetha High School were Olivia Saner with a paper mosaic and Hadley Argabright with a pop art sculpture.

About AKMA

A work of art itself, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art houses one of the finest collections of American Art from the Colonial period to the present. The former William Albrecht home provides the perfect backdrop for works by artists including Mary Cassatt, Thomas Hart Benton, Gilbert Stuart and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. A wide variety of special programs complement the museum’s collection, including temporary exhibitions, art classes, gallery talks and special events.

This pencil drawing by senior Chloe Menold won second place at the AKMA Regional High School Exhibition on Sunday, February 27, in St. Joseph.

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