WWU Art Student Wins National Art Contest

Megan Colbert, a William Woods University sophomore from Curryville, Mo., recently won first place in a national contest for a portrait she did of her young niece.

The WWU art student won the student division of the 2002 Strathmore Art Contest. As the first place winner, Colbert receives a prize of $1,500. Also, William Woods University will receive a $500 art scholarship as a result of her achievement.

Colbert’s winning picture is a pastel portrait of her sister’s daughter, Anna Madison, who is almost 4 and lives in Bowling Green, where Colbert attended high school.

“I worked from a photograph that I took of her because I knew how difficult it would be to draw a portrait of her as accurate as I wanted it to be from life,” Colbert said, adding that her niece “is way too busy to sit for a portrait.”

According to Terry Martin, WWU professor of art, “This is a very prestigious event with a long history. I have no knowledge of a Missouri student having won this. [Megan] is in an elite few.”

Strathmore Artist Papers, a manufacturer of paper art supplies, sponsors the competition each year. The national contest has been held for the past 15 years and received more than 1,000 entries for its 2002 competition.

There were three categories for the contest: General, Student and Digital. Entries were judged on creativity, style, expression and use of technique. Although the subject was at the discretion of the artist, all entries had to be created on Strathmore Paper and could not have won another major art contest.

“Megan submitted a wonderful pastel portrait,” explained Deborah Halpin, Strathmore advertising manager. “William Woods University should be congratulated on having such a fine young artist.”

To view Colbert’s winning entry, go to: http://www.strathmoreartist.com/studentcontest03.html

Previously, Colbert has won awards at art contests that took place at Hannibal La Grange College, John Wood Community College, Clarksville Applefest and Louisiana Colorfest.

She is also a participant of the William Woods Mentor/Mentee program. Working with Martin, she will participate in a WWU Mentor/Mentee Art Exhibition. The exhibit will be showcased at William Woods University, Fayette and Jefferson City.

The exhibition opens May 5 in the Mildred A. Cox Gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts at William Woods and will run through May 30. It will then be displayed at the Missouri Life Magazine’s Gallery in Fayette, Mo., June 2 through July 31. Finally, it will be shown in the Dunklin Street Gallery in Jefferson City, Mo., Aug. 5 through Aug. 30.