Youth Art Month

Youth Art Month ‘Your Art, Your Story’

Duncan High School art students discuss the pastel drawings of FAME Academy art students.
Youth Art Month highlights area high school artists
March 1 – March 31, 2019
DUNCAN, Okla. – Mosaics, scratch board art, paintings, mixed media and drawings are on display at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center highlighting “Your Art, Your Story” in this year’s national Youth Art Month theme. The 140 pieces of art from 96 area art students attending Duncan High School, FAME Academy in Comanche, and Marlow High School will be available to see at the Heritage Center, until March 31.
This is the ninth year that the Heritage Center has hosted the annual art exhibit. A public reception was held for the youth on March 7. While the reception shows support for the student artists, it also gives other artists a chance to find some inspiration.
Such was the case for Patsy Nixon, who has been creating art for most of her 90 years. The Heritage Center hosted Nixon’s art in 2018. She attended the Youth Art Month reception, as did students, teachers and community members.
“I just can’t believe it. These students are so good,” she said. Nixon’s “art” gears were engaged as she admired the variety of work on display. “This is such a good thing the Heritage Center does. People need to come and see this show. These young people need this exposure.” The Heritage Center is open seven days a week.
Students who participated in the Heritage Center’s show this year are:
FAME Academy, Comanche: Seniors – Brayden Brackeen, Noah Beck, Rabeka Lokey Maddox, Chandler Pressy, Kaylee Dalrymple, Kaylee Miller, Brandon Fontenot, Chance Taylor, Ahern Lokey, Rein Mayo, Nathan Williams, Carson Colston, Justin Williams, Pedro Ugarte, Colton Lambert, and Haley Clark; Juniors – Zachary Lloyd, Hayden Smith, Brylon Speer, Robert Lash, Bryson Hare, Zebryn Kirkpatrick, Bacilio Tores, Bruce Butler, and Kenneth Curry; Sophomores – Jared Bartley; Freshman –Jayden Miley and Reagan Wylie. Instructor: Glenna Pace.
Duncan High School: Seniors/AP Art – Merelyn Avalos, Kaylee Brammer, and Kora Nichols; Juniors – Karli Blalock, Shauny Bullard, and Kylen Cooper; Sophomores – Madison Edwards, Kayla Cox, Lorelei Bridwell, Natalie Small, Melia Spencer, Natalie Hoy, and Holly Dunn; Freshman – Lyndsey Newman, Carsyn Etheridge, Hanna Brew, Micah Miller, Elvia Tamez, Taylor Chambless, Stephanie Eiser, Jordan Patterson, Joslynn Aaron, Julia Taylor, Chloe Halderson, Payton Busby, and Amelia Casady. Instructors: Sarah Ivey, AP Art, Drew Cole and Brenda Phillips.
Marlow High School: Seniors – Kaneisha Taylor, Fallon Warren, Jakob Herriage, Don Huber, Logan Hammond, Michael Elroy, Caleb Ellsworth, and Lily Smith; Juniors – Karissa Buckallew, Lindley Newberry, Gabie Gill, Cruz Velasco, Scarlett Battles, Alicia Moore, Hunter Hedrick, Caleb Warren, and James Shirley; Sophomores – Jaiden Standridge, Trent Self, Elaina Kuhlman, Braeden Whaley, Josh Kowalik, Gatlin Sanders, Aubrey Miller, Tyler McKinley, Abby Strong, Aubrey Topping, Grace Banks, Journey Bennett, Brock Hall, Trent Brown, Trevor Boyster, Robbie Traughber, Connor Hammond, Ricardo Gomez De Olea Vela, and Madison Fitzhugh. Freshman – Tyler Callahan, Jake Cullers, Will Bergner, Konnor Rhodes, Josh Bowers, and Karleena West. Instructor: Arlyn Brantley.
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center is open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Located at 1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway in Duncan. For information, call 580-252-6692, or visit
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center is Named Best of America Heritage Attraction by The Official Best of Oklahoma 2018, a National Day of the Cowboy “Cowboy Keeper Award” winner, Oklahoma’s Outstanding Attraction (OTIA Redbud) and a True West Top Ten Western Museum.

2018 Youth Art Month: Building Community Through Art

March 1 – March 31, 2018
Public Reception 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7
Featuring the art of area high school students from Stephens County, Comanche County and Cotton County

“Building Community Through Art” was the 2018 national theme for Youth Art Month in March and recognized at venues across the country.  A public reception, which includes refreshments, was held 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.  Wednesday, March 7.
For eight years, Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan has participated in the program, serving as an exhibition host for area high school art.
Participating schools this year are Duncan High School, Marlow High School, and FAME Academy, which includes students from Comanche, Walters and Ryan; and new to the show are Walters High School, Lawton Public Schools and Torah Meadow Homeschool.
“The Youth Art Month reception is always a fun time because the students get to see their work on display in a professional setting, and families, friends and teachers who attend demonstrate a support for the students and the arts,” said Leah Mulkey, CTHC’s Education Coordinator. “We hope to see many people from Duncan and the surrounding communities attend the reception.”
Paintings, drawings, sculpture, pottery, mosaics and photography are on display in this year’s show, which ends March 31. Several students have multiple entries.

Dalton Reid, a Duncan High School senior, is an intern at the Heritage Center this year through a school program and his art is in the show. He has entered his work in previous Youth Art Month (YAM) exhibits and is credited for helping install this year’s show as part of his internship.
Students in the 2018 YAM show are:
Duncan, seniors: Dalton Reid, Jazzi Dorn, Tyler Alley, Adolfo Barrientos, and Carlos Izaguirre; juniors: Lillian Rivas, Kara Nichols, Carlos Estrada, Emely Hernandez, Hali Long, Kaylee Brammer, Merelyn Avalos, Genesis Ojeda; sophomores: Cassie Gonzalez, Jadyn Seeberger, Araliz Ramirez, Stephanie Munoz, Geneva Burdine, Ryan Murrah and Elwin Avalos; freshman: Amber Armstrong, Nathan Hudson, Alexandra Wilson, Macy Prewett, Cheyanne Young, Cherokee Carroll, Jayson Ray, Braden Gregory, Lorelei Bridwell, Reece Walker, Madison Jarrett and Alyssa Standifer. Duncan AP Art students: Kara Whitt, Katy Whitt, Maci Alexander, Maddi, Summer Hesbrook, Lizzy Boyd, Hope Sprouse and Peyton Hopkins.
FAME Academy (unless noted, all from Comanche), seniors: Ryan Akers, Ariel Brown, Tailer Green, Seth Heavener, Alexa Holt, Ashley Parkhurst, Rayden Quinn (Walters); juniors: Noah Beck, Brayden Brackeen, Haley Clark, Kaylee Dalrymple, Brandy Gonzalez, Skyler Hunsucker, Allen Malaby, Rabeka Lokey, Dylan Mayberry, Jade Norton, Hayden Smith, Chance Taylor, Pedro Ugarte, Katy Roberts (Walters) and Kaylee Miller (Ryan); sophomores: Zebryn Kirkpatrick, Bacilio Torres and Marcus Renegar (Walters); freshman: Zachary Loyd.
Marlow, seniors: Alexis Nooner, Alexis Sherrell, Corina Adelsberger, Michael Floyd, Salbador Gonzalez, Shayna Woods, Paige Robertson, Dawson Huddleston, Sandra Coffman, Kathryn Burch,  Molly Coons, Alyssa Cox, Lexi Sherrell, Molly Koons, Hernan Gonzalez, Tanner Ladon, Shayna Woods; juniors: Andrew Brown, Isaac Davis, Mia Meshell, Lauren Sanders, Andrew Brown, Kayl Johnson, Jenna Keeler; sophomores: Jayden Absher, Brock Hilts, Kasen Smith, Tyler New, Trevor Hoover, Nathen Guthrie, Scarlett Battles, Alli Riddle, Sydney Blundell, Trinity Hatchet, Kale Baker, Colbey Calloway and Abby Kelly.
Torah Meadow Homeschool, freshman: Rainy Scott.
Lawton Public Schools, senior: Breanna Ward; junior, Audrina Lockwood; sophomore: February Barrett; freshmen: Bailee Palmer, November Lopez and Harley Austin.
Walters High School students are seniors, Dorothy Justis and Hunter Rast; juniors, Xavier McDonald and Chloe Ulm; and sophomores, Audrey Edwards, Ashton Spence, Braden Prewitt, and Jarika Estes.
There is no cost to the students or schools to participate, or to attend the public reception. Education programs at the Heritage Center attracted more than 10,000 students in 2017. Mulkey is the contact person for the annual show.
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center is a National Day of the Cowboy “Cowboy Keeper Award” winner, Oklahoma’s Outstanding Attraction (OTIA Redbud) and a True West Top Ten Western Museum.

2016 Youth Art Month

“The Power of Art”

March 7, 2016 – April 4, 2016
An annual exhibition featuring the artistic works of regional high school students.
The 2016 theme is “The Power of Art” and is a nationwide effort to promote the creative endeavors of youth.
Because of the growth of this local art show, the Heritage Center is moving it into its main exhibit room at the bottom of the ramp. Previously, the show was on display in the main lobby. It will still be a free exhibit so students can bring their parents to view it during the facility’s regular hours.
Sponsored by the Council for Art Education at the national level, these shows are a multi-media exhibit emphasizing the value of art education for all children and encouraging support for quality art programs in state schools.