MSM Students Recognized for Artistic Excellence

Sixty Mount St. Mary Academy art students competed at the 2019 Arkansas Young Artist Association (AYAA) Spring Competition and Convention in downtown Little Rock on Wednesday, April 10, where they took home 20 awards for excellence in the visual arts.


MSM also students received two of the 10 AYAA scholarships awarded at the event. Seniors Aimsley McDaniel and Abby Yanosick each received a $500 scholarship. Additionally, senior Addie Farquharson was offered a $1,000 scholarship by the Kansas City Art Institute.


“The girls did a phenomenal job, and Ms. Holder and I are so proud of the work they put in,” Marianne Nolley, MSM art teacher, said.


The students spent months preparing for the annual competition, for which they created approximately 100 works of art in a wide range of mediums, styles and subjects. These works will be on display at Mount St. Mary Academy’s Art Night on Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m.


Congratulations to the following MSM students:


– Kendal Betton ’21 – honorable mention in markers

– Bella Boyd ’20 – 1st in abstract oil pastel and 3rd in expressive fiber arts

– Audrey Caruthers ’20 – 3rd in abstract pen and ink

– Charlie Colburn ’21 – 4th in relief printmaking

– Kara Foster ’19 – 2nd in markers

– Caroline Gunderman ’21 – 1st in realistic chalk pastel, 2nd in abstract watercolor and 4th in realism graphite

– Cecelia Ilg ’20 – 1st in intaglio printmaking

– Aimsley McDaniel ’19 – 1st in abstract colored pencil and 4th in color photography

– Mary Helen Owen ’21 – 3rd in abstract oil pastel

– Abigail Pahls ’21 – 4th in expressive watercolor

– Yesica Reyes Vasquez ’19 – 2nd in first year charcoal

– Stephanie Selakovich ’20 – honorable mention in abstract mixed media

– Taylor Sims ’20 – 4th in crafts

– Maria Thomas ’20 – honorable mention in relief printmaking

– Abby Yanosick ’19 – 1st in expressive portraits

– Beatrice Zargari ’20 – 3rd in realistic scratchboard


AYAA is a state-wide organization whose mission is to encourage participation in the visual arts by Arkansas students through professional speakers, competitions and exhibition. There are currently over 50 chapter schools and more than 1300 student members in AYAA.


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.