TULSA STAINED GLASS ANNOUNCES 2016 ART SMART CHALLENGE CONTEST WINNERS

Tulsa Stained Glass is proud to announce the winners of Art Smart Challenge 2016. This year’s Grand Prize winner is Alyssa Foster of Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her creation, “Mommy and Me.” According to Alyssa, her mother Cynthia is “the most important person in my life. ……my best friend…..I love her so much.” A freshman at TCC pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science, Alyssa’s ultimate goal is a career as a Physical Therapist. As this year’s winner, she will receive a cash prize and a stained glass panel replicated from her winning artwork.

Artists from all across America submitted entries during the year-long entry period. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, March 26th, at 3 p.m. at River Parks. All of the 2016 winners are listed online, and their art will be on display at the Art Smart Challenge’s outdoor sculpture, located near the Blue Rose Cafe at River Parks.

The Art Smart Challenge has been an annual event for over twenty years of the store’s 40-year history in Tulsa, and has grown in size and scope into a prestigious national contest. Open to kids, adults and seniors, the Art Smart Challenge is the only national competition promoting both finger painting for beginners and stained glass design. The contest was created to inspire the artist in all people, improve design knowledge and skills, and move people to actually draw a picture. Contestants create their designs based on what is most important to them in life, whether it be a person, activity, event or idea.

With the beginning of the new year, the new 2017 contest is already underway. Artists can submit their entries through December 31st, 2017. Over $2,500 in prizes are awarded each year. The Grand Prize winner also has his or her design converted to a stained glass window by TSG students.

SEE THE CONSTRUCTION OF ALLYSA’S GRAND PRIZE STAINED GLASS WINDOW BELOW! 

The original artwork
Converting artwork to cartoon
Cutting glass to fit the cartoon
Glass cut, numbered, and ready to assemble

…and more to come as we step through the rest of the process – check back for updates!

Assembly started; holding things together with horseshoe nails
Assembly almost complete; you can really see the design now