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Many local artists responded to our call for entries in the inaugural Applaud the Artist Cover Contest. Artists were invited to submit an Applause cover design that illustrates the arts in our community. Ten designs were selected as finalists and will be displayed at The Augusta Chronicle booth during the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival Sept. 14-16. From the top 10, the judges selected our arts preview edition cover design and four honorable mention awards. The judges were Keith Claussen, Applause art columnist; Todd Beasley, creative director at Morris Museum of Art; and Alan C. MacTaggart, chairman of the Department of Art at Augusta State University.