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Posted on: March 7, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Santa Rosa Announces the Award Winners of the 20th Annual National Arts Program Exhibition


The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program, in conjunction with the National Arts Program, is proud to announce the award winners of the 20th Annual National Arts Program exhibition and competition. This exhibition features over 160 works by Santa Rosa artists of all ages and levels of experience and encourages artistic growth through awards totaling over $3,400. The distinguished judges were local arts professionals, Jenny Harp and Nathan Azhderian.

The exhibition will be on display through April 21, 2023, at the Finley Community Center, located at 2060 W. College Ave. and open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cash Prize Winners

Adult Amateur
1st: David Pasanen
2nd: Jacqueline Smith
3rd: Kathleen Connors

Adult Intermediate
1st: Becky Brendlin
2nd: Gail Radice
3rd: Leonora Jew

Adult Professional
1st: David Hodges
2nd: Joy Dellas
3rd: Barrie Sterling

Teen (13 to 18)
1st: Elyse Stiger
2nd: Violet Bowser
3rd: Vijay Kareesan

Youth (12 and under)
1st: Benjamin Bonnell
2nd: Deutro Wilson
3rd: Ames Wilson

Art Education Award: Dylan Domenici
Best of Show: Karen Bolan

Art Supply Gift Certificate Winners (all ages and categories)

  • Felix Smith, Youth
  • Grayson Chase, Youth
  • Caroline Huang, Teen
  • Ziqi Zheng, Teen
  • Roy Childress, Amateur
  • Stephen Crosley, Amateur
  • Amaya Lounibos, Intermediate
  • Alexis Wilson, Intermediate
  • Alissa Feldman, Professional
  • William Smith, Professional

Lifetime Achievement Awards for artists participating for over 15 years

  • Boyd Edwards, Professional
  • Mary J Ruggles, Professional
  • Kerstin Fletcher, Professional

The public is invited to attend the awards ceremony and reception on Sunday, March 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Finley Community Center.

National Arts Program was established in 1985 by the National Art Program Foundation to inspire, acknowledge, and reward creative accomplishments throughout the nation. The program began as a pilot project in Philadelphia and has extended nationally to include 90 venues in over 30 states. The concept of the National Arts Program is to provide an uninhibited opportunity for all people to present their talents at any level in a public exhibition, free to artists and the public. To learn more about this program, visit

To learn more about the City of Santa Rosa arts programs, visit

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