Young Artist Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 showcase!



Chloe Ertel, a students at Frederick Douglass High School, was selected as the 2019 winner of the 31st Annual Lexington Sister Cities Young Artist Competition. 

The Sister Cities Young Artist Competition is sponsored by Central Bank and the John G. Irvin Galleries, as well as the Lexington Sister Cities Commission. The contest was open to all Lexington students aged 13-18. 

The theme of the competition was “Global Citizens: Resilient Communities”. Chloe’s piece, “People of the World”, was done on velour paper with pastels. Of her inspiration for the piece, Chloe says, “I was inspired by the prompt, and how people need to put their differences aside and come together in peace.” The writing in the background of Chloe’s artwork is the prompt for the contest written in four different languages.

Second place was awarded to Chase Faulkner of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School for his piece “Resilient Spirit”. Third place went to Maryam Al Azzawi of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School for her work titled “Together”. Gwen Ganadillo from Frederick Douglass High School received honorable mention for her piece “World Peace”. Chloe won $250, Chase received $150, and Maryam won $100 from Central Bank. Additionally, honorable mention Gwen Ganadillo was awarded $50 from Lexington Sister Cities. Mayor Linda Gorton, Luther Deaton of Central Bank, and Councilmember and Sister Cities Chairman Bill Farmer awarded prizes to the winning students.  

The winning art teacher, Rebecca Banks of Frederick Douglass, received a $250 prize from Lexington Sister Cities to use for classroom supplies. 

About the Winners


First Place Winner

Chloe Ertel goes to Frederick Douglass High School. Her artwork, "People of the World" has the prompt written in four different languages in the background.


Second Place Winner

Chase Faulkner goes to Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. His piece, "Resilient Spirit" includes animals that represent each country with which Lexington has a Sister City.


Third Place Winner

Maryam Al Azzawi goes to Paul Laurence Dunbar. Her artwork, "Together" shows a beautiful turban with the flags of many countries. The background is made up of a college of black and white photos.

Young Artist Press Release 2019 (docx)


2018 Competition


1st place - Rose Linn, Frederick Douglass


2nd place - Aurionne Beck, Frederick Doulgass

"One Love"

3rd place - Anya Hartman, Lafayette

"Synched Up" 

Honorable Mention - Carmen Coleman, Bryan Station

"Shine Your Eyes"

Winning art teacher - Rebecca Banks, Frederick Douglass

Sister Cities International competition

Rose Linn's piece winner of the Lexington competition, "Diplomacy" went on to place in the top 10 in the Sister Cities international competition, and will be displayed at the Sister Cities International Conference in Aurora, Colorado August 2-4.