First Lady Jane Beshear on Monday, April 14 announced the winning entries in the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Centennial Celebration Visual Art and Essay Contest. The student winners will be honored at a special reception at the Governor’s Mansion on Wednesday, April 23.
Bailey Richardson, a 5th grader from Caneyville Elementary, won 1st place in the Grades 4 - 6 Essay Competition. She and her teacher, Kristin Pierce, will make the trip to Frankfort on April 23 for the recognition luncheon with First Lady Beshear.
As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the mansion, public, private and home school students were invited to submit original artworks and/or essays illustrating a specific theme celebrating the mansion’s history. The winning entries were chosen from among hundreds submitted by students in various age categories.
“This contest was a way for Kentucky students to connect with the history of our state and with the mansion’s Centennial celebration,” Mrs. Beshear said. “The mansion has a rich architectural, political and social heritage that provides many avenues for learning. The students entering this contest had an opportunity to study this state treasure and then demonstrate their learning by creating an original work that we all can enjoy.”
A panel of writing experts from the Kentucky Department of Education judged the essays entered on content and quality of research, exposition (language skills, organization and grammar) and strength of argument (support of claims using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence).
A panel of arts experts from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Department of Education judged the visual arts entries against stated criteria including creativity, composition, craftsmanship, whether the entry addressed the theme and the historical accuracy of the depiction.
The first place winner in each category, along with his/her parents or guardian and teacher will have the opportunity to visit and tour the mansion on April 23. The winners will be recognized during a luncheon and special ceremony with the First Lady. Each student winner also will receive a $100 prize, and the winning art works and essays will be displayed at the mansion and become part of its permanent collection.
Students with second or third place entries or those receiving an honorable mention will receive a certificate signed by Gov. Steve Beshear, the First Lady, and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. The rest of the entrants will each receive a certificate of participation.
“There’s no doubt we have very talented young people in Kentucky,” Mrs. Beshear said. “Their work is a testament to not only their talents but also to the teachers, parents and others who nurture that creativity and continue learning every day.”
The First Lady, the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Centennial Committee and the Kentucky Department of Education sponsored the Governor’s Mansion Centennial Visual Art and Essay Contest. It is one of many events scheduled throughout the year celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion.
All Centennial events and exhibits are sponsored through private donations to the Kentucky Executive Mansions Foundation, Inc. (KEMFI). KEMFI is a 501(c)(3) organization established to undertake, promote and assist financially and otherwise the modification to the restoration, maintenance and preservation of public buildings, sites, structures, places and objects of historic significance owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.