2020: “Imaginary Places”

U.S. Bank and Community Education invited the children and youth of Bowling Green and Warren County to participate in Community Education’s annual U.S. Bank Young Artists’ Competition.

This year’s theme was “Imaginary Places”. Warren County students in kindergarten through seniors in high school were encouraged to let their artwork show who they are, what they think about, dream about, or can imagine.

The winners will each receive VISA gift cards from U.S. Bank. “U.S. Bank has been a proud supporter of Community Education and the art competition for many years,” according to Shala Hudson, Executive Assistant for Community Banking. “We take pride in supporting and showcasing the artistic talents of the youth in our community. We know organizations like Community Education and the programs they provide support the ways children play and create, and we are committed to investing in the future of our communities.”

“We appreciate U.S. Bank for again supporting the creative expression of area students,” said Bill Oldham, Executive Director at Community Education. The deadline for entries was originally set for March 25 but was extended due to schools being closed for the COVID-19 pandemic. “The number of entries is down from past years, but we still had a good number of great works of art to choose from,” stated Oldham.

Community Education hopes to be able to display the original winning and honorable mention artworks at a branch of the Warren County Public Library soon.

2020 Winners

Sophia Atherton, 2nd grade at Cumberland Trace Elementary School

“A magical castle with a fairy garden.”

Kai’lei Marme, 3rd grade at Dishman McGinnis Elementary School

” I was thinking of the earth when God finished it when the earth was beautiful.”

Virginia Stewart, 8th grade at Drakes Creek Middle School

“When I first heard, “Imaginary Places,” the first things that came to mind were bright colors, above the clouds, and a knight fighting a dragon.”

Jonathan Tyson, 9th grade at Old Dominion Academy

“I dream of a world of quality, not just mass-production. A world of beauty. A world in which we all can step back and see the beauty we are all actually blessed with.”

Images of 2020’s winners

  • Sophie Atherton

  • Kai’lei Marme

  • Virginia Stewart

  • Jonathan Tyson

2020 Honorable Mentions

Si Thie, Kindergarten

Holy Trinity Lutheran School

Preston Adams, 4th grade

Holy Trinity Lutheran School

Maung Hsa, 7th grade

Drakes Creek Middle School

Tori Turner, 9th grade

South Warren High School

Images of 2020’s honorable mentions

  • Sophie Atherton

  • Kai’lei Marme

  • Virginia Stewart

  • Jonathan Tyson