Ian Brown, age 10, of Greenville, N.C., is the first and youngest “Youth” artist to win Best in Show in the 11 years of the National Arts Program® competition in the City of Raleigh and Wake County (N.C.). He is the nephew of a Wake County Public Libraries employee.
Among more than 100 entries across all categories, Ian’s pen-and-ink drawing of “St. John’s Divine” Cathedral in New York City was praised by judges as “intricate … with an almost collaged effect … [he] demonstrated both technical skill as well as an intuitive sense of composition which resulted in a truly dynamic work of art that enlivened the subject.”
Wake County Commissioners presented Ian with his $300 prize check at their January 21 meeting.
The 11th Annual Raleigh-Wake County NAP competition artwork was displayed December 2013 and January 2014 in the Block Art Gallery at Raleigh’s Government Complex. For the month of February, select winning pieces were exhibited again at Wake County Express Library Fayetteville Street, Raleigh.
Ian’s art reflects his fascination with architecture. He is equally at home sketching whimsical skylines and country farms. He’s also a whiz at Legos and train sets. He’s giving thought to a future in art and architecture. His prize check will go into a college fund, with a bit held out for fun things.
The contest and exhibition is sponsored by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and the City of Raleigh Arts Commission in collaboration with The National Arts Program Foundation.
Ian Brown, "St. John’s Divine"
(Article submitted by Sharon Brown, Community Relations, Wake County Public Libraries)