2023 Protégé Competition and Exhibition

In its 37th year, the Protégé Competition and Exhibition, presented by Market Basket, was created specifically to encourage graduating high school seniors to begin taking the steps necessary to become a part of the world of art.

This year, Keliy Anderson-Staley, a Houston-based artist and an Associate Professor of Photography and Digital Media at the University of Houston, was the juror. Anderson-Staley has been awarded numerous national grants, fellowships and awards including a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship. Anderson-Staley’s recent solo exhibition, Documents & Dwellings was on view at AMSET in the fall of 2022 which included a 10 by 10-foot house structure covered in over 560 tintype portraits, a selection of antique baking pans with emulsified images on their surfaces, and books and quilts made with prints and cyanotypes. Anderson-Staley’s current artworks display a unique and personal investigation into the definitions of home, family, and community.

In partnership with Lamar University Friends of the Arts, AMSET is able to offer the first, second and third prize winners scholarships to committed Lamar University art majors. Those awards increased this year to the semester-renewable amounts of: $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place and $500 for third place. Thanks to a generous bequest left by Stewart M. Chisum and Bessie Fisher Chisum in 2021, AMSET will be offering an additional $2,500 scholarship to the first place winner should they declare art as a major in any two or four year academic art program. 

In addition to scholarship awards, varying denominations of gift certificate monies are awarded in the following amounts: first place – $200, second place – $150, third place-$100, and honorable mentions – $50. The teacher of the first place winner will also receive $100 for classroom art supplies. These art supply awards are kindly provided by Blick Art Materials.

The Protégé Exhibition will be on view at AMSET until March 26, 2023.

Eligibility: This competition is open to all twelfth-grade students in Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange and Tyler counties.

Additional funding is provided by the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation, Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, Blick Art Materials, the City of Beaumont, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Stewart M.Chisum and Bessie Fisher Chisum Scholarship Fund and the Department of Art of Lamar University through a donation by The Friends of the Arts.

*This program is sponsored in part by Market Basket who has been the presenting sponsor since its inception*
First Place Winner - Reagan Bradfield
Second Place Winner - Logan Walker
Third Place Winner - Ashli Perry

2023 Selected Artists


1st Place – Reagan Bradfield (Barbers-Hill High School)

2nd Place – Logan Walker (Silsbee High School)

3rd Place – Ashli Perry (Lumberton High School)

Honorable Mention – J’Dynne Illa (Port Neches-Groves High School)

Honorable Mention – Sierra Simien (Bridge City High School)

Honorable Mention – Isabel Bares (Nederland High School)

Elise Bourg (Nederland High School)

Vinh Bui (Port Neches-Groves High School)

Leslie Carranza Collazo (Bridge City High School)

Taylor Croft (Port Neches-Groves High School)

Alessandra Deleon (Nederland High School)

Alexis Dickerson (Bridge City High School)

Autumn Fuller (Port Neches-Groves High School)

Marizanna Hernandez (Port Neches-Groves High School)

Andy Ingham (Nederland High School)

Allison McHugh (Port Neches-Groves High School)

Pacie Mires (Bridge City High School)

Aubreigh Moses (Lumberton High School)

Sammie Schilling (Lumberton High School)

Alexia Willingham (Bridge City High School)


Kristen Elliot

(Barbers-Hill High School, Art Teacher of the First Place Winner)


Art Museum of Southeast Texas
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