Two student artists’ pieces chosen for display in Governor’s Mansion

Artwork from two Mount St. Mary students was selected in this year’s Governor’s Young Artist Competition and will be included in a student exhibition at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion later this spring.


Junior Caroline Gunderman had all three of her submitted works chosen: Yellow Wallpaper, New York, New York and Wisdom. Wisdom had previously been submitted in the Historic Cane Hill Art Competition, where it was recognized with one of two Awards of Excellence. Senior Cecilia Ilg’s work, TRANSendence, was also chosen in the 2020 Governor’s Young Artist Competition.


There were almost 500 works entered into this year’s competition from high school students across the state, and 94 were selected for display in the mansion. The 2020 theme, “The Home Within,” invited young artists to submit pieces inspired by a place, a person, a song, a smell, a sound, a memory or anything else that evokes a sense of home as a place or state of being that fosters an atmosphere of living, laughing and learning. “‘The Home Within’ can be interpreted quite widely, bringing together a broad range of elements and ideas to define the role of ‘home’ and its significance in a person’s life story,” the competition’s website stated.


The student exhibition at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion is scheduled to open Wednesday, April 1, with a reception and awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, April 25.


Congratulations to our talented student artists, Caroline and Cecilia!

Clockwise, L to R: Yellow Wallpaper; TRANSendence; Wisdom; New York, New York

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