Finalists Announced for Artosphere Festival Photography Competition

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, June 10, 2019 — Three local photographers have been named finalists in Walton Arts Center’s first Artosphere: Arkansas' Arts + Nature Festival photo contest. Public voting is now open for the Community Choice Award.

Photos by Mike Price, Craig Underwood and Maurice Konkle will be on display outside of McBride Studio at Walton Arts Center June 10-14, at Arts Center of the Ozarks June 17-21 and then return to Walton Arts Center for the final week of Artosphere, June 24-29.

Each photographer has a photo in the Community Choice Competition, which opened for public voting today through June 14. To vote for the Community Choice Award, click here. The Community Choice Award winner will be announced on June 18.

The theme of this year’s Artosphere Festival is space, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing. To correspond with the theme each photographer’s submitted work had to feature their perception of space and how space inspires wonder, imagination and innovation.

The Artosphere Festival celebrates art, music and nature with exciting performances, activities and events that the whole family can enjoy. Each year, Artosphere spotlights artists and performers from around the world who are inspired by nature, and provides a creative framework for the community to discuss issues of sustainability and environmental awareness.

For more information about the Artosphere Festival and a complete event lineup, download the Artosphere App from Google Play™ or the Apple® App StoreSM or visit

Artosphere 2019 is sponsored by Tyson, The Walton Family Foundation, Walmart/Sam's Club, Greenwood Gearhart and Visit Bentonville. Support for Dover Quartet and Maestro Corrado Rovaris provided by Mary Ann & Reed Greenwood. Media support provided by the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, KUAF 91.3FM Public Radio, the Arkansas CW, Celebrate Arkansas magazine and CitiScapes magazine.

The Artosphere App is compatible with all standard smartphones and tablets. App Store is a service mark of Apple® Inc. Google Play™ is a trademark of Google Inc.

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 45% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit