NEOSHO -- The Southwest Missouri Art Alliance hosted the 17th annual Thomas Hart Benton art competition Saturday. There were category entries for students, emerging artists, and professionals. The organization raised more than $2,000 for the vent to be given out as awards. Organizers say the goal of the vent is to encourage artists in the four states to take their talent to the next level. The art work will be on display in Crowder College's Elsie Plaster building until next Sunday.