The CSO hosts Pictures at an Exhibition Art Contest


Calling all student artists! The Conway Symphony Orchestra needs your help. We are performing Pictures at an Exhibition on Sat. March 3, music inspired by composer Modest Mussorgsky’s visit to an exhibition of artwork by his very good friend, Viktor Hartmann. He wrote a suite of music about ten paintings, plus a promenade as he was walking through the art exhibit.

Unfortunately, since that time (1874), five of those pieces of art have been lost, and we don’t know how they might look. That’s where you come in! We are asking students in grades 5-12 to create artwork to fill in for one of those missing pieces. We would like you to base your artwork on a movement called “The Old Castle.” You can listen to the music here:

After you listen to “The Old Castle,” consider what you think of the music.  Is it sad? Is it joyful?  Is it romantic or scary? After you decide the tone of the music, think of the title and how the picture might have looked that inspired that music. We will select the top three submissions, and those students will receive free tickets to the concert, recognition in the concert program, and a CASH prize. The artwork will be judged by our conductor, Maestro Israel Getzov, and our board member Jenny Davis, an educator and “first lady” of UCA where her husband is the new president.

What: Artwork that is your interpretation of “The Old Castle,” in any medium
How to Win: Creativity, plus tone and mood that matches the music
Due: Wednesday, Feb. 28
How to Submit: Drop off at the Reynolds Performance Hall box office on the UCA Campus

Or mail to PO Box 1307, Conway, AR  72033,
Or teachers, if you have a stack of submissions, please contact me and I will pick them up!


Prizes: First place $50, Second place $25, Third place $15
All winners receive free tickets for their families to attend the concert on March 3rd at 7:30 PM.

All submitted artwork will be displayed in a slide show in the lobby. It will be returned to the teacher if the teacher’s name is included on the artwork.

We look forward to seeing your creative interpretation!