The Old Conway Preservation Society and the Faulkner County Historical Society are announcing the guidelines for the second annual  “Art in Architecture: Historic Homes of Conway” photography competition for the 2010-2011 school year.

According to Nancy Breeden Mitchell, project coordinator, “There was an expression of interest from some of the local high school photography teachers who were in hopes that we would expand the historic homes art competition with the inclusion of photography.

“Like the art competition which is in its sixth year, this competition  allows an opportunity for the students to showcase their talents and for the public to see what an outstanding service the teachers are providing in the local schools through their class instruction.  We had some fantastic entries last year.”

The competitions are the collaborative efforts of three educators and long time residents of Conway. Vivian Lawson Hogue is a local historian, Log Cabin Democrat columnist, and retired art instructor for the Conway Public Schools. Barbara Baker Satterfield is the curator of the University of Central Arkansas’ Baum Gallery of Fine Arts. Mitchell is a retired Little Rock School District special education teacher. Hogue and Satterfield are graduates of Conway High School while Mitchell is a graduate of St. Joseph High School.   

The purpose of the competition is to instill a respect for the cultural and historic heritage of the Faulkner County area and to expose the students to elements of architectural design.  

Historic residential and commercial buildings which are at least 50 years old and older (built before 1960) are eligible to be used as art subjects.  

• Contest Guidelines

All students in grades 9-12 residing in Faulkner County who attend the educational institutions within Faulkner County as well as home schooled children are encouraged to participate. There is no admission charge. Photographs may be color or black and white, in mat or glossy finish, and be either 8 inches by 10 inches or 10 inches by 8 inches. The work must have a completed information label attached to the back of the work for identification.  There are two categories allowed for submission:

1. Representational Images -- The image is intentionally framed or composed to capture a specific viewpoint or angle and a selected light or time of day to imply a mood or theme in the natural setting or surroundings. The artist makes these choices to imply a context or create meaning in relation to the architecture.   

2. Computer-manipulated Images -- The image is significantly altered in software to enhance, change, or distort components of the architecture or its surroundings to make a personal statement. Computer options may be used to communicate an idea or create meaning not necessarily present in  the original image of the architecture and its natural surroundings.

The student artist must label the work to indicate if the image is from a film negative or a digital file. If using film, indicate if the work is self-developed and/or has been manipulated in a dark room or if it has been developed by an adult, professional, or commercial vendor. If using a digital camera, it must be indicated that it has been independently imported and/or manipulated with private software and a computer for printing or if it has been brought to final form by an adult, professional, or commercial vendor. A signature on the label serves to confirm that the image was created and/or manipulated solely by the student photographer.


Jurors will select winning photographs from each category. Priority consideration will be given for independent work and work that communicates intentional composition and original vision for context or meaning.

All entries must have the following information included on the back of the entry: Student’s name, grade, school’s name, teacher’s name, school’s telephone number and the address of the home or building photographed. Entries lacking complete and legible information or other stated specifications will be disqualified. 

Correctly and completely processed photographs must be ready for pick up at school locations by April 20, 2011.  Home schooled students may drop off their art work submissions at Consolidated Financial Services Group Inc. at 1507 Caldwell Street, Conway, AR (501-329-2054).  Art work will be returned to the schools by May 13, 2011. Entry in the contest constitutes consent for the artwork to be utilized along with the winners’ names in future editorial, advertising, and publicity mediums. With their entry, selected artists give permission to the Old Conway Preservation Society and the Faulkner County Historical Society to utilize exhibition images to create promotional materials and products for sale without restrictions. 

Exhibition and Awards Ceremony

The winning art work will be displayed at a special showing which will take place on May 8, 2011 from 2-4 p.m. at the Baum Gallery of Fine Arts on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.  There is no admission charge. An awards ceremony will take place starting at 2:15 p.m. Participating teachers will be recognized and students whose work is on exhibit will receive certificates.  Winners will be notified so that they can be present to receive their awards.  

Winning photography will also be on exhibit at the Conway City Hall following the initial exhibit at the Baum Gallery for a period of several weeks. Permission slips must be secured before displaying. Times and dates for this exhibit will be released at a later date. 

Photography competition entry forms may be obtained from Nancy Mitchell at