Winners announced for 17th annual National Arts Program

Danee McGee, National Arts Program Chair
Danee McGee

​Winners were announced tonight for the 17th 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 artist Jackie Radford and City Council Member Patsy Kinsey. 

"I am consistently amazed at the quality of artwork year after year," said Radford, professional artist at Ciel Gallery on of this year's judges. "This exhibit shows a real commitment between the City of Charlotte and the arts by providing a public venue for artists to display their work in a professional, juried exhibit that anyone in our community can enjoy." 

This year's exhibit features more than 250 works of art in all mediums, from photography and sculpture to painting and mixed media. The exhibit runs through Tuesday, February 28. It's free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, located at 600 East 4th Street in uptown. Learn more at 


Best of Show

"Still Life" (painting) by Pamela Emanuel (adult intermediate) 

People's Choice

"Queen City" by Ryan Hummel (Teen)

"Chasing" by Zoey Bell (Youth 12 & Under) 

Adult Amateur

First Place – "Island Butterfly" (photography) by Philip Keller

Second Place - "Lake Norman Winter Day" (photography) by Julie Teel

Third Place - "Onions" (painting) by Jessica Prescott 

Adult Intermediate

First Place – "Josephine" (mixed media) by Linda Holmes

Second Place - "Pura Vida in Costa Rica" (craft) by Beverly Lawing

Third Place - "Blue Ceramic Dish" (craft) by Becca Worthington

Honorable Mention - "In Line" (craft) by Jennifer Miloy 

Adult Professional

First Place - "Interrupted Light" (mixed media) by Laura Wallis

Second Place - "A Bid Goodnight" (painting) by Bryan Wilson

Third Place - "Fourteenth Floor" (photography) by Dennis Knasel

Honorable Mention – "Entwined" (works on paper) by Viloki Patel 

Youth (12 and under)

First Place - "Roses, Tulips and Lilacs" (painting) by Anya Liu

Second Place - "Goose" (photography) by Konur Handy

Third Place - "Crayons" (works on paper) by Abby Lutz

Honorable Mention - "Parrot" (works on paper) by Abrar Huda

Honorable Mention - "Field of Flowers" (painting) by Danya Liu 


First Place - "Mountain View" (works on paper) by Ariba Huda

Second Place - "Queen City" (photography) by Ryan Hummel

Third Place - "Almost Winter I" (photography) by Eric Levine 

Art Education Award

"Beau" (painting) by Maggie Kroening (teen) 

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, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Similar programs sponsored by the National Arts Program Foundation take place in approximately 86 venues in 38 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.​