Sixth Annual Student Art Contest

Logos for Bookmarks and Art for Art's Sake



Bookmarks and Art for Art’s Sake (AFAS) are pleased to announce the winners of their 2017 annual student art contest. An illustration by Armani Becerra, a rising 11th grader at West Forsyth High School, was selected as the First Place Winner from entries submitted by middle and high school students from around Forsyth County. Becerra’s work will be printed on 5,000 bookmarks to be distributed throughout Winston-Salem and surrounding counties.

Emma Day, a rising 11th grader, at Mt. Tabor High School, received second place, and Andy Li, a rising 10th grader also at Mt. Tabor High School, received third place.

“Our contest participants went to a wide variety of places this year in making art and expressing their love for reading,” said Cheryl Davis, Art for Art’s Sake Board Member and Artist. “They took us from the depths of the ocean to mysterious magical lands and to the moon and back. Some students embraced a more edgy contemporary approach. We, at AFAS, are always delighted by what the students of Forsyth County contribute during this annual celebration of books and authors through art.”

All of the winners will be honored at the Opening Reception for the Unbound & Unleashed exhibition, which will be held at Red Dog Gallery, 630 N Liberty Street, on Friday, August 4, from 7–9 p.m. A short presentation will be held at 7:30 p.m. All three winning pieces will be on display as part of the exhibition throughout the months of August and September.

Winning contest entries from previous years (left to right):

2017 - Armani Becerra, West Forsyth High School 
2016 - Marianna Liontis, Reagan High School
2015 - Alana Hyman, Reagan High School
2014 - Angie Avila, Mount Tabor High School
2013 - Aivee Ybanez, Clemmons Middle School
2012 - Carrie Clowers, Mount Tabor High School

        Bookmark of birds flying out of book     Bookmark of colorful girl holding bookmark     Bookmark of fantastic creatures emerging from book   Bookmark of girl holding book

Art for Art’s Sake builds, educates, and celebrates community through art showcased in Red Dog Gallery, ARTivity on the Green, the Unleashed Arts Center, and at Arts on Sunday Festivals held each May and September. They initiate and/or support a wide variety of special events and programs that are designed to further the creation and enjoyment of art at the local level. In addition, through student scholarships and artist mentoring, they encourage the development of new and emerging artists throughout the community.