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55th Annual Town & Country Art Show

On view in the BCA Gallery March 5-April 26, 2024, Town & Country Art Show features 6-12th grade artwork of students in Henderson, Henry, Mercer, and Warren counties. Gallery reception is 2-4pm Saturday, March 9. Awards will be presented at 3pm.

This year's juror is Laura Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh grew up in Monmouth, Illinois, and is a retired art teacher of 35 years from Oswego East High School. She enjoys substitute teaching in the Oswego School District as students are her passion.

Artist credit: Lincoln Scott "Lincoln's World-Perspective," Mercer County High School

Congratulations to the Buchanan Center for the Arts 55th Town & Country Art Show 2024 Award winners!

YOUNGBLOOD AWARDS – For artistic promise and potential

6th-8th Grade

WINNER: Gabriel Vasquez "Madness" printmaking, Central Intermediate School

9th-12th Grade

WINNER:  Rowan Love “Serious Art” ceramics Monmouth-Roseville High School

GRACE BUCHANAN AWARDS – For best use of medium



WINNER:  Mae Sims “The Calm Before the Storm” United High School 


WINNER:  Bridgette Marston “Flower After Fire” United High School


WINNER:  Emma Poppy “Poppies” Alwood High School


WINNER:  Kyler Bennett “Untitled” Monmouth-Roseville High School

Pen, Ink, Pencil

WINNER:  Camdyn Bennett “Innocence and Admiration” Monmouth-Roseville High School


WINNER:  Leslie Rodriguez “Blue Jeans” United High School


WINNER:  Savannah Barnett “Anatomy Study” Mercer County High School


WINNER:  Olivia Cuellar “Vintage Vinyl & Tape” Mercer County High School

Mixed Media

WINNER:  Lily Cozadd “Nerves” United High School

BEST OF DIVISION – For overall outstanding artwork within age group 


6th Grade – 8th Grade

WINNER:  Aiden Ferguson “Canyon” Central Intermediate School

9th Grade – 12th Grade

WINNER:  Lucas Shadden “A Door I Know” Mercer County High School

SUSAN TWOMEY INNOVATION AWARD – For creativity, unique perspective, and artwork that stands out among a sea of artwork and shows tremendous promise within the entire exhibition.


WINNER:  Ashley Applebee “Energy” Mercer County High School


KATHY LOWE-ARTHUR AWARD – Awarded to one junior high student for outstanding artwork.


WINNER:  Vanessa Adkisson “Chaos” acrylic Immaculate Conception School


JOHN OHLER DRAWING AWARD – Awarded to one student for unique/mature artwork and execution of technique for his/her age


WINNER:  Darby Balmer “Shadow” pencil Mercer County High School


KATHY LOWE-ARTHUR BEST OF SHOW – For overall outstanding artwork within the entire exhibition, Sponsored by AAUW


WINNER:  Ella Hays “Reflections” acrylic Mercer County High School

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