Kennesaw State student take top award in botanical garden art contest

Athens, Ga. - Caitlin Landress from Fairmount is the 2014 winner of an annual art competition…

Georgia (Dec 17, 2014)

Athens, Ga. - Caitlin Landress from Fairmount is the 2014 winner of an annual art competition sponsored by the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, a unit of the University of Georgia Office of Public Service and Outreach.

A first-year student at Kennesaw State University, Landress is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her winning painting, "The Beauty of Fall," is acrylic on canvas and it depicts a forest of trees with red and orange leaves reflecting in a pool of water. As the first-place winner, Landress will receive $1,000.

Linda Teachey, an undergraduate student in art at Kennesaw State, tied for third place.

The botanical garden will use the winning images on items sold in the State Botanical Garden gift shop.

Funded by the J.A. and H.G. Woodruff Jr. Charitable Trust, donor Tom Woodruff established the contest in 2005 to honor his parents. Georgia students in ninth grade through college are eligible to enter. The garden received 146 entries this year from across the state.

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Here is Landress' winning painting:


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