HeART of Lenexa Contest celebrates local talent

HeART of Lenexa Contest celebrates local talent
Posted on 02/04/2022
winners of HeART of Lenexa Contest

Need to escape the winter doldrums for a bit? Visit the City Hall art gallery to see what artists were inspired to create last year based on what they love about Lenexa.

We honored 15 local artists for their exceptional work as part of the seventh annual HeART of Lenexa Contest on Feb. 3, 2022. In total, they submitted 25 pieces of art in a variety of media for the juried competition. 

All ages and levels of experience are represented, from seasoned artists to new artists who have never shown their art in a professional gallery before. First-place winners in each age category won cash prizes.

The HeART of Lenexa Contest is a program of the Lenexa Arts Council.

See the exhibit

All entries received during the 2021 contest period are on display through Feb. 27, 2022, in the City Hall art gallery, located in Lenexa City Hall, 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219.

The gallery is open Monday–Thursday: 6 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday: 7 a.m.–7 p.m. 

HeART of Lenexa Contest winners

clay sculpture of Na Nex SeFirst Place (ages 5–12)

Annique Gras, “Small Na Nex Se Statue” (Clay and paint)

“I enjoy the art displayed in Lenexa, like the statue represented here, and ‘Amusing Breeze,’ among others. I like making art and so I appreciate a city that values art too.”




painting of views around Lake LenexaFirst Place (ages 13–18)

Abigail Peters, “Lake Lenexa” (Acrylic paint on canvas, micro pen)

“This piece was inspired by Lake Lenexa and the area's transition from fall to winter. There are so many different beautiful views around this park, and so many beautiful plants, that I wanted to highlight the big details as well as the small ones.” 




sculpture of man and woman with babyFirst Place (adult age category)

Lisa Wild Healey, “Life Cycles, Doesn’t It?” (Clay sculpture)




Honorable Mention

  • Meredith Glasrud, “Nature” (Watercolor)

  • Lisa Coyan, “Sunny in Lenexa” (Jewelry)

  • Mary Deardorff, “Starry Night After Van Gogh” (Oil)

  • Wendy Delzeit, “Blue Heron” (Photography)

  • Katrina Dudek-Schubach, “Bike Lenexa: Old Town, Public Market, Sar Ko” (Gouache)

  • Anne Ewing Jones, “Shawnee Mission Park in the Snow” (Photography)

  • Jennifer Lindsey, “Hidden Beauty” (Photography)

  • Amanda Reece, “On the Street Where You Live” (Oil on wood)

  • Wes Richardson, “Lenexa Grain Elevator, Infrared” (Photography)

  • Cheryl Schroeder, “Goats at Work” (Oil)

Founder’s Award

Cheryl Schroeder, “Goats at Work” (Oil painting)

Published Feb. 4, 2022