Annika Wooton is a graduate of The University of Kansas with her BFA in Illustration and Design. Annika is an accomplished artist, specializing in illustration and speed painting. She has traveled the country exhibiting her live painting with numerous organizations and events. Her travels have taken her across the state of Kansas, to Missouri, Florida, Virginia and New Mexico. Her work has been featured locally in the University Daily Kansan and the Lawrence Journal World publications, as well as nationally featured in the New York Magazine and Mic.com.
Annika serves as Miss Kansas 2019 within the Miss America Organization. She competed seven times for the title of Miss Kansas. Over the span of 11 years, Annika has held numerous local titles between the Teen and Miss divisions, carried out countless hours of community service, and crafted over 50 unique live paintings in the community. Annika spends her time advocating for her platform, The Transformative Power of the Arts.
Annika is also active on the board of directors with the Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education, working to ensure arts education in Kansas communities. She has traveled as a lead communicator and elected representative of the KSAAE to Washington, D.C. in March for National Arts Advocacy Day, hosted by Americans for the Arts. There, she has spoken with our Kansas legislators and other national leaders about the importance of preserving the arts in our schools and communities.