It’s difficult to tell who is more excited about the 45th annual Independence Art Association art show – Independence artist Jim Shaw, who won best of show; scholarship award winner, and William Chrisman High School graduate Katelyn Cogan; or association historian Pat Deeter.

“I just get so excited for this event because it gives us the opportunity to have people see the works of some of the best artists in Independence,” said Deeter, who won the top prize in the watercolor category of the show that features a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Disabled American Veterans Hall at 14605 East U.S. 40.

“And, of course, we get to help a young college student who is a part of our Independence Art Association – Katelyn Cogan – with a scholarship. It’s not a lot, but I know that any little bit helps college students.”

Cogan has been honored by the Independence Art Association the past four years.

“I am so honored that the art association has chosen me to be their scholarship award winner,” said Cogan, a 2014 Chrisman graduate who now attends Metropolitan Community Colleges – Blue River. “I am sure there are many worthy nominees and I can’t thank them enough.”

She said she won a $500 scholarship in 2017 and was not sure of the total of this year’s award.

Cogan will be displaying a rugged landscape piece that she calls “some of my best work. I am really proud to have this piece of art on display at the reception. I think it’s one of my finest pieces of work. I need to come up with a name for it. I just haven’t thought of a good one, yet.”

Shaw, who has a gallery at Art Squared, 111N. Main St. on the Independence Square, is a first-time best of show/all categories winner.

“I am thrilled, absolutely thrilled,” said Shaw. “The piece that won, ‘Canyon River,’ is a piece depicting the Grand Canyon. I can’t wait for Saturday’s reception.”