Art contests open to local students

By Zuo Yang: PNT Staff Writer

The Portales Arts Council, Portales Municipal School District (PMSD), and Eastern New Mexico University are planning a sidewalk chalk art competition and juried art exhibition.

Called “K through ENMU,” the event celebrates National Youth Art Month. A press release from the university said it will showcase artistic talents of students in the Portales community from kindergarten through college.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the top works in both events.

“We will choose the works for exhibit and for the three prizes based on originality and overall ‘artistic spirit’ because of the extreme span of ages of the artists,” said Dawn Wolf-Taylor, the Portales Arts Council member and K through ENMU exhibition committee chairperson. “The youngest students will not have a disadvantage due to their age because we are looking at the big picture and not at artistic ability, if that makes sense.”

The competition is open to anyone in Portales schools from kindergarten through 12th grade as well as any ENMU student.

Three artworks from each division’s categories will be chosen by a panel of jurors.

An exhibition reception will be held at 6 p.m. on March 12 Awards will be given out that evening.

The deadline to enter the exhibition is Thursday.

The sidewalk chalk art competition will be held around the Portales courthouse square March 13.

Sign-in starts at 10 a.m. and students are allotted from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to complete their artwork.

On March 13, there also will be an art celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m downtown open to the community. It features music and food.

J.T. Berry, an art major at ENMU, is also happy about the coming event.

“It’s great to have art shows for all levels.” Berry said.

According to the organizer, this event is likely to be expanded to the surrounding towns next year.

“I also hope to write a New Mexico Arts grant that would enable us to expand this event to surrounding towns. A traveling exhibition of the works is also something I’m thinking about, and the grant would also support that if we’re able to secure grant funds.” Wolf-Taylor said.