GFB News Magazine

GFB Art Contest brings Georgia agriculture to life

Posted on May 23, 2019 12:00 AM

Some 671 high school students across the state illustrated the beauty of Georgia agriculture as they created entries for the 25th Annual Georgia Farm Bureau High School Art Contest. The 69 county Farm Bureaus that held local contests submitted their top winners to GFB from which 10 district winners were chosen.

“Georgia Farm Bureau’s High School Art Contest encourages students to consider farming as a subject for their art projects and motivates them to learn about the variety of crops and livestock Georgia farmers raise as they do research for their drawings,” said GFB Women’s Leadership Committee Chairman Nancy Kennedy.

Manuel Rodriguez of Elbert County captured first place. Matthew Bryson of Gordon County and Raven Carpenter of Evans County were named the state runners-up.

Rodriguez won $250 as the state winner and $100 as the GFB 2nd District winner. Bryson and Carpenter each won $150 for being runners-up and $100 each for being the GFB 1st and 7th District winners.

Other district winners in the art contest were: Erika Nash, South Fulton County, GFB 3rd Dist.; Aniela Elorza, Barrow County, GFB 4th Dist.; Abbi Underwood, Crawford County, GFB 5th Dist.; Abbi McCarthy, Jeff Davis County, GFB 6th Dist.; Lauren Booth, Houston County, GFB 8th Dist.; Jack Green, Early County, GFB 9th Dist.; Brianna Lindsey, Brantley County, GFB 10th Dist.

Contestants were instructed to create a black, white and gray drawing using graphite, charcoal, pastel, chalk, colored pencil, ballpoint pen or mixed media appropriate for printing. Drawings were judged on how well the artwork represents modern agriculture in the student’s county or Georgia and artistic merit.

The winning artwork from each district will be featured in GFB’s 2020 Ag in the Classroom calendar along with the drawings of Alicia Mazzurra of Cherokee County and Brendalyn Welch of Rabun County, who were selected as honorable mention winners.

Visit to see the artwork of the district winners.