Winners announced for the 16th Annual National Arts Program

Tabitha Carnes Warren

​​​Exhibit runs through Feb. 26 at the Government Center

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 2, 2016) Winners have been announced for the 16th Annual National Arts Program. The program recognizes the creative talents of City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools employees, retirees and family members. Entries were judged by professional artists Jackie Radford and Laura McRae Hitchcock.

This year’s exhibit features more than 120 works of art in all mediums, from photography and sculpture to painting and mixed media. The exhibit runs through Friday, February 26. It’s free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.  to 6 p.m.  at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, located at 600 East 4th Street in uptown.


Best of Show
"Interpretive Woman" (painting) by April Kinley

People’s Choice
“Look at my Dab” (painting) by Ryan Cureton

Adult Amateur
First Place - "Blugazer’s Island" (mixed media) by Paulino Allera
Second Place - "”The Blues, Frozen in Time" (photography) by Tim Richards
Third Place - "Peggy’s Cove" (photography) by David Singleton
Honorable Mention – “komodo” (works on paper) by Paulino Allera

Adult Intermediate
First Place - "Julius” (painting) by Ryan Cureton
Second Place - "Untitled" (sculpture) by Nathan Hampton
Third Place - "The Poultry Farm 2" (painting) by Linda Holmes
Honorable Mention - "Lonely Crossing" (photography) by Bill Hunter
Honorable Mention - "Dance" (works on paper) by Nancy Webster

Adult Professional
First Place - "Lonely Man" (works on paper) by Jordan Jones
Second Place - "Lenny at Spirit Square" (painting) by Betty Keenan
Third Place - "Redemption" (photography) by Dennis Knasel
Honorable Mention – “Lobster Loose” (mixed media) by Linda Durrett
Honorable Mention – “Educators I & II” (painting) by India Simpson

Youth (12 and under)
First Place - "Self Portrait" (works on paper) by Hanna Lutz
Second Place - "Beautiful Leaf" (works on paper) by Elijiah Copeny
Third Place - "Quilled Easter Egg" (craft) by Allesandra Spinelli
Honorable Mention - "Still Life" (works on paper) by Anya Liu
Honorable Mention - "Ferns" (works on paper) by Michal Lutz
Honorable Mention – “Leather” (works on paper) by Tommy Purvis

First Place - "Thank You" (mixed media) by Samantha Robinson
Second Place - "The Market" (works on paper) by Maggie Kroening
Third Place - "The Green Guardian" (works on paper) by Bhargavi Bhaskar
Honorable Mention - "American Spirit Eagle" (sculpture) by Ja’Quavous Sweat

Scholarship Awards
Paulino Allera
Dario Spinelli
Nancy Webster
Gail Whitcomb

About the National Arts Program
The National Arts Program fosters creativity by providing artists of all ages, backgrounds and levels of talent an opportunity to exhibit their works publicly. The National Arts Program Foundation, Inc. sponsors the program in support and cooperation with the Arts & Science Council, the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library. Similar programs sponsored by the National Arts Program Foundation take place in approximately 200 cities across the United States each year. Local professional artists and art professionals judge the exhibit. Cash awards are given to participants for original, creative contributions in the field of fine arts and crafts.