The Juror’s Tale
by Karen Peacock
On March 2, I had the privilege of serving as one of the first-round jurors for the 2021 Elizabeth Barker Delaplaine Award for Young Artists, more commonly known as the Bettie Awards. Frederick County students in grades 9-12 were eligible to apply.
We combed through scores of entries online and gave each a numerical ranking. Congratulations to finalists Pheonix Cardwell, Lea Dorcus, Virginia Gibson, Annaelle Le Guellec, Olivia de Guzman, Clara Hardison, Lark Houldsworth, Christina Hviid, Sandhya Krishnaswamy, Julia Meredith, Lynne Regules, Natalie Savage, Faith Thumma, Ashlyn Turner, Meadow Webster, and Katie Xiao. They will each receive an award of $100. Their work will be included in an exhibit at the Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick from March 13 to April 23, 2021.
After the show is hung, a separate group of judges will select the 2021 Bettie Award Grand Prize Winner who will receive $1,000. A People’s Choice Winner will also be selected by visitors to the Delaplaine.
As always, I was impressed by the quality of work created by Frederick County art students. Their accomplishments are even more remarkable when we consider how their lives have been changed by the pandemic.
I’m hoping these talented young artists will apply to show at TAG this summer when we’ll share our walls with local and regional guest artists. More info on this exciting exhibit will be coming soon!