Winners announced in the 2016 Western Horseman/Cowboy Artists of America Youth Art Contest.
Approximately 116 young horsemen and -women sent in their best drawings or paintings of the Western stock horse for the Western Horseman/Cowboy Artists of America Youth Art Contest. Champions and reserve champions were selected from three age divisions, and one grand champion was chosen from among those winners.
The champion and reserve winning artwork will be displayed in October at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, during Cowboy Crossings, the annual art show and sale of the Cowboy Artists of America and the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association.
The grand champion’s prize includes a trip for the winner and two guests to attend the Cowboy Crossings opening weekend. The grand champion title went to Where Champions Begin, a charcoal piece by Whitney Edington, 17, of Goldthwaite, Texas.
Winners were judged and chosen by Western Horseman Senior Editor Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman Art Director Ron Bonge and well-known Western artist Tim Cox, vice president of the Cowboy Artists of America.
The winning entries are:
8 and under
Champion: Horse Running in the Plain, watercolor, by Anthony Beschastnov, Folsom, California
Reserve: Amigo at Sunrise, acrylic, by Laney Johnson, Henrietta, Texas
9 to 13
Champion: Afternoon Siesta, charcoal pencil, by Emma Vande Voort, Lynden, Washington
Reserve: Little Barrel Racer, charcoal, by Caden Schinagel, Glen Rose, Texas
14 to 18
Champion & Grand Champion: Where Champions Begin, charcoal, by Whitney Edington, Goldthwaite, Texas
Reserve: Red, pastel, by Felicia Butler, Shamrock, Texas
“I’m really impressed with the quality of the whole group,” Cox says. “It made it tough to judge because there were so many positive things we could say about each piece.”
The champion and reserve champion artwork selected from each age group appears in the July 2016 issue of Western Horseman magazine, along with Cox’s critiques of the works.