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2023 Art Contest Winners Announced

The 17th annual 68 Ventures Bowl’s art contest came to an end on October 25th. This year’s theme, “Commemorating 25 years, “The Roaring 20’s in Mobile,” aimed to capture inspirational aspects of the Mobile community over the last 25 years. The contest was open to broad interpretations to allow students creativity in their designs. Contestants chose to create artwork that depicted cultural events, celebrated holidays, or individuals who have made an impact on the port city.

Each student will receive a cash donation to their schools’ art program. The total contribution for the art competition will be $1,800. Since 2007, the 68 Ventures Bowl has contributed $30,600 to local schools’ art programs. Art Contest sponsors will award the winning students’ gift cards from Southern Arts & Framing and Foosackly’s. They will also receive Bowl game tickets for themselves and family members from the 68 Ventures Bowl. Winners will be announced at the Bowl’s award banquet on November 29th, where each student’s artwork will be acknowledged. The overall first place winner’s artwork will be featured on the cover of this year’s game day program.

The competition was divided into three categories to allow various ages to compete amongst their peers. Among each category, the top four were selected based on the originality, creativity, quality, and relation to the theme.

We received submissions from 16 schools in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. The submissions contained various perspectives and interpretations of this year’s theme. Winners were selected on Oct. 27 from judges, Mrs. Nancy Raia the American Sport Art Museum & Achieves and Ms. Angela King from the Mobile Museum of Art. The selected winners are as follows:

6th-8th Grade Winners:

1st Place                             Therese Mulroy                                Barton Academy

2nd Place                            Magda de Haart                                Barton Academy

3rd Place                            Madison McMillan                            Barton Academy

9th and 10th Grade Winners:

1st Place                              Penny Snell                                     Bayside Academy

2nd Place                             Evania Smith                                  Saraland High School

3rd Place                             Jackson McCoy                               St. Paul’s Episcopal

11th and 12th Grade Winners

1st Place                              Lauren Bixler                                     St. Paul’s Episcopal

2nd Place                            Yufei Zhao                                      Saraland High School

3rd Place                             Madelynn Ridgell                           St. Paul’s Episcopal

Honorable Mentions

6th-8th                                    Addyson Chaney                           Barton Academy

9th and 10th                            Jena Sayyard                                    Barton Academy

11th and 12th                           Mia Stevens                                   St. Paul’s Episcopal

The winning artworks can be viewed on our social media. The bowl is grateful to create a community event geared towards the young adults in our region, and providing a foundation for students to showcase their art talents.