Budding Artists - Kids & Youth Art Contest 2024

Kids (12 & under) Winners

First Place ($100)
Ja’Darius Blander
Snowfall in Wilkerson County
Acrylic Painting

Second Place ($50)
William Talley
Crystal Forest
Mixed Media

Third Place ($25)
Mason Shook
Solar Winds Around Neptune
Drawing with Marker

Honorable Mention ($20)
Ali Barker
Airhead Extreme
Acrylic Painting

Director’s Choice ($20)
Brynn Hudson
Polka Dots


Youth (13 & up) Winners

First Place ($100)
Makaylee Loving
The Pursuit of a Dream
Acrylic Painting

Second Place ($50)
Nygel Metellus
Human Canvas
Mixed Media

Third Place ($25)
RaDawn Bracco-Cain
Neon Jelly

Honorable Mention ($20)
Felix Waller
Philip & Edgar
Digital Drawing

Director’s Choice ($20)
Logan Fite
Bees are the Color of Life
Mixed Media

Budding Artists:
Kids & Youth Art Contest & Show 2024

Hosted by the Creative Arts Center
Opening Night Reception Sponsored by: Credit Union of Texas
Contest Prizes Sponsored by: Glaser Family Charitable Foundation, Bonham Chrysler & Kay Carrel

Contest Rules and Important Information: (please read carefully!) 

  1. Eligibility: Artists must be under the age of 18, as of April 1, 2024. Artist must live in Fannin County.
  2. Artwork Drop Off Times: Artwork can be brought to the center during normal business hours between March 26 – April 3. Normal business hours are Tuesday – Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to noon.  The Center is located at 200 W. 5th in Bonham.
  3. Entry Deadline: All artwork must be submitted to the Creative Arts Center by 5 pm Wednesday, April 3.
  4. Entry Forms: All artwork must include a completed entry form securely attached to the back or bottom of the artwork. If an artist submits more than one entry, each piece of artwork must have its own entry form securely attached. (See next page or the center office for entry forms.)
  5. All hanging artwork must have a wire, suitable for hanging in the gallery.
  6. Entry Fees: No entry fees will be charged.
  7. Artists are limited to three entries per person.  
  8. Opening Night Reception & Awards Ceremony: All artists and family members are strongly encouraged to attend the opening night reception and awards ceremony on Friday, April 5 from 4-6 pm.
  9. Artists have the option of offering their work to be for sale or not. Artists set their own prices.  The Creative Arts Center will retain a 20% commission and handle all sales and sales taxes.  Artists’ checks will be processed and mailed as quickly as possible after the end of the month.  Artists can expect their checks around the middle of May.
  10. All artwork must remain on display at the art center until April 30.
  11. Artwork pick up: Any artwork that does not sell or was not offered for sale, can be picked up during normal business hours starting May 1. Any artwork that is not picked up by May 31, will become the property of the Creative Arts Center.  The Center will then be able to sell or dispose of the artwork as they see fit.
  12. Artwork must be original. No coloring pages. No arts/craft kits.
  13. The Creative Arts Center retains the right to determine what is suitable to display. The center reserves the right to not display any artwork that is deemed controversial, inappropriate, overtly political, violent, disturbing or otherwise not suitable for display in the center.  Nudes that are explicit or graphic will not be allowed, as the center aims to be family friendly and often has children and youth in the center. The center reserves the right to not display artwork that could present a risk to safety of people in the gallery, such as a sculpture that is not steady and could fall over or a piece with sharp points or edges. Determining what artwork is not suitable or safe will be generally be determined by a panel of artist members but may also be determined by the Director.

Contest Judge: Carolyn Fauble

Carolyn Fauble was born in Illinois in a farming community with no idea she would spend her adult life in Texas.  She attended Western Illinois University and earned a BA in Art Education and a MA in Studio Painting.  In 1974, she moved to Texas with her husband for better employment opportunities. 

She worked in the Lewisville School District for 30 years, levels 6 – 12.  She was a jack of all trades teaching drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture,  printmaking, papermaking, batik and bookmaking.  She loved interacting with interested students and helping them work toward entering local shows and participating in the Visual Arts Scholastic Event of Texas.

When she retired in 2006, she moved to the Bonham area to watch their country retirement home being built near Ravenna, she began concentrating on her painting, both watercolor and acrylic.  She worked at developing a unique signature style and content….often spiritual, hopefully imaginative,  and frequently mysterious. 


Opening Reception:
Friday, April 5
Come and Go from 4-6 pm
Awards Ceremony at 5:30 pm
At the Creative Arts Center
200 w. 5th in Bonham
Sponsored by Credit Union of Texas

Gallery Hop:
Everyone is also encouraged to visit the art contest reception at the
Fannin County Children’s Center
112 W. 5th in Bonham
Come and go from 4-6 pm on Friday, April 5th