Kern COG Displays 2011 Art Contest Winners at City Locations Throughout the County

January 11, 2012


Organization: Kern Council of Governments
What: 2011 Art Contest Winners on Display
When: January 11 – October 24, 2012

Kern Council of Governments (Kern COG) is proud to display the winning entries of its 2011 Art Contest throughout the county. For the second consecutive year, Kern COG and the Arts Council of Kern hosted an art contest whose theme was centered around transportation. In 2011, that theme was Passenger Rail – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Local artists were invited to submit renderings of the history of passenger rail to its future. Submissions were accepted in graphic art, digital art, painting, photography, and sculpture.

Among the numerous entries, judges chose three local winners. Best in Show went to Katherine Young-Beck. Her submission, “Passenger Rail Evolution,” stood out with its elegant colors and detail. Young-Beck brought a three-dimensional look to her piece not only in the strokes used for each individual detail, but also with the addition of an actual railroad spike.

First place in Digital Art was awarded to Scott McDonald, for his submission “Waiting to Catch the 714”. McDonald’s digital rendering of an original photomontage captured the dynamics of rail travel through space and time.

First place in Sketch Art went to Greg Hauss. A long-time artist, Greg took elements that seemed central, then assembled and reassembled them until his work was done. The result was a wonderful rendering of passenger rail over the past 150 years.

Sponsored prizes of $1,000 and $500 were awarded to the recipients along with award certificates. The winning artworks will be showcased in public buildings throughout Kern County in 2012, used at Kern COG outreach events and posted on the agency’s website at

The winning artwork will be on display at each of the city offices noted on the following schedule.

Ridgecrest Dates: January 11 – January 30

100 West California Avenue
Ridgecrest, CA 93555-4054

California City Dates: January 30 – February 21

21000 Hacienda Blvd.
California City, CA 93505

Tehachapi Dates: February 27 – March 16

115 South Robinson Street
Tehachapi, CA 93561

Arvin Dates: March 22 – April 11

200 Campus Drive
Arvin, CA 93203

Maricopa Dates: April 17 – May 7

400 California Street
Maricopa, CA 93252-0550

Taft Dates: May 11 – June1

209 East Kern Street
Taft, CA 93268

Delano Dates: June 7 – June 27

1015 11th Avenue
Delano, CA 93216

McFarland Dates: July 3 – July 24

401 West Kern Street
McFarland, CA 93250

Wasco Dates: July 30 – August 17

746 8th Street
Wasco, CA 93280

Shafter Dates: August 23 – September 13

336 Pacific Avenue
Shafter, California 93263

Bakersfield Dates: September 19 – October 9

1501 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Kern County Dates: October 12 – October 24

1115 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301

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