Kayla Lutz of Mark Twain High, won the Best in Show title and a $500 prize.

A Mark Twain High School senior was recently crowned Best in Show for her work in a local art contest.

The 44th Annual Quincy Art Center High School Student Art Competition, Martin Brief: Hope exhibition, and the High School Art Teacher Exhibit opened on Friday, Jan. 26 with a Teen Take Over Night during the opening reception. Martin Brief, Associate Professor of Studio Art at Saint Louis University, was the judge for this year’s competition. Brief chose the works in the exhibit and selected the winners.

Cash Awards were presented to 12 student artists.

Kayla Lutz of Mark Twain High, won the Best in Show title and a $500 prize. Her artwork, Untitled, is a charcoal piece depicting a teenage girl.

In addition to cash awards, students were awarded scholarship opportunities.

The exhibit will continue through Friday, March 2, and be on view during regular gallery hours Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Mission of the Quincy Art Center is to provide opportunities for growth and appreciation of the visual fine arts through exhibitions and programs in our community. For additional information call(217) 223-5900 or visit the Art Center’s website at www.quincyartcenter.org.