Governor selects Mount St. Mary junior for art award

Junior Caroline Gunderman was honored with the Governor’s Award in the 2020 Governor’s Young Artist Competition. Her pencil drawing, Wisdom, was chosen by Governor Asa Hutchinson from the nearly 100 pieces selected for exhibition in the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion in February.


This year’s student exhibition was not open to the public as planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Governor Hutchinson and First Lady Susan Hutchinson announced their award winners and shared a virtual tour of the exhibition online on Tuesday, April 21 – four days before the reception and awards ceremony was originally scheduled to be held. That video may be viewed here.


All three of the works Caroline submitted into this year’s competition were selected for display in the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. Her piece, Yellow Wallpaper, received an honorable mention. Senior Cecilia Ilg’s work, TRANSendence, also received an honorable mention.


Mount St. Mary Academy, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, develops young women with a moral and intellectual foundation rooted in Catholic tradition. Mercy-minded and college-prepared, our students meet the future with wisdom, compassion and integrity.