Fort Kearny Conference Hosts Art Show in Conjunction with Basketball Tournament

Fort Kearny Conference Hosts Art Show in Conjunction with Basketball Tournament
Judges Jan Jones (right) and Kameran Dostal (left) discuss the artwork at the Fort Kearny Conference Art Competition

MINDEN–The Fort Kearny Conference (FKC) Art Competition is in its 4th year, was still very new to the scene at the conference basketball tournament this past weekend.

According to a press release from Litchfield art teacher Allison Varah, each school was asked to bring their best works from the year thus far. To even get to the show you have to have one of the top five works (in all categories) from your school. To have your artwork on display at the conference basketball tournament is success on its own, so to receive a ribbon is the highest honor in the FKC competition.

The judging was completed last week by Jan Jones a renowned, retired Kearney Public Schools teacher and past UNK professor along with Kameran (Ulferts) Dostal who previously worked with fine arts at the extension office and is a new hire to Kearney Public Schools.

The FKC Art Show was on display in Minden last week until Saturday night after the FKC boy’s championship game.

Here are the top five overall places in the Conference Competition:

1st Overton: Jorja Raastad 11th, “Mystic” mixed media
2nd Amherst: Kylee Erpelding, 12th, “Good Fortune” acrylic painting
3rd Ansley: Hannah Speer, 12th, “My Heart” acrylic painting
4th Litchfield: Ashton Behmerwohld, 10th, “Good Old Days” sculpture
5th Amherst: Austyn Rumbeck, 11th, “Power and Poise”

After judging overall placeholders, the judges look at each school’s work as a whole and choose which of the 5 works from each school has the most skill and is completed to the highest quality. The honorable mentions or “best of show” from each school are as follows:

Ansley: Isaac O’Brian, 9th “The King” printmaking
Eustis Farnum: Caleb Walters, 11th “Ozymandias” painting
Loomis: McKinzi Porteck, 11th “Silenced by Society” pencil drawing
Pleasanton: Addison Nilsen, 9th “Clay Whistle” ceramics
Litchfield: Kaylee Rohde, 11th “Little Pig, Little Pig” sculpture
Axtell: Skylar Weaver, 12th pencil drawing
Overton: Sydney Elfgren, 12th “Watcher” colored drawing
Elwood: Ryker Evans, 10th colored drawing
Wilcox – Hildreth: Reagan Johnson, 11th “Grape Melon” pen and ink
Amherst: Austyn Rumbeck, 11th “Market” acrylic painting
Elm Creek: Alyssa Moes, 10th “Peacock” sculpture
SEM: Briseida Flores, 11th “Greenland Stroll” pencil drawing