In its 34th year, the Protégé Competition and Exhibition was created specifically to encourage graduating high school seniors to begin taking the steps necessary to become part of the world of art.
This year’s juror is David Cargill. Born in Huntsville, Cargill moved to Beaumont with his family in 1935. Cargill is a historically and regionally important artist that has filled the local area with major large-scale, sacred and secular sculptures that can be seen near the Beaumont Civic Center, at Lamar University, the downtown Public Library, and inside Saint Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church. His sculptures have helped define the public image of Beaumont, containing visual elements that juxtapose both the abstract and objective. He works in a variety of materials including wood, marble, terra cotta, stone, lead and bronze.
This competition allows students to begin learning about the evaluation processes used in the art world. Prizes for winners include scholarships to Lamar University’s Art Department and gift certificates for art supplies. Requirements and materials required for entries can be found at amset.org.
If you know a budding young artist, counsel him or her to prepare to enter this school year’s annual Protégé Competition and Exhibition. Entries will be accepted from January 6-16, 2020 and students may enter any work created after August 2019. Students need not be part of an organized art class to enter.
Join us to see what great works of art this year’s students have created at the 2020 Protégé Reception and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 6-7:30pm. The Protégé Exhibition will be on display in the Conn Take pArt Gallery until March 28, 2020.