MID-SOUTH SCHOLASTICS ART AWARDS
The Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards began in 1965 as an outgrowth of the Junior Mid-South Exhibition, an art competition for area students, sponsored by the Brooks Museum League at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Since 1989, the Brooks League and the Brooks Museum have been proud to partner with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the national non-profit organization that organizes the nation’s oldest and largest student art competition, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, to host the regional art competition and exhibition for Memphis and the Mid-South area.
The current Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards program has become the most prestigious, competitive, and rewarding event of this type in the entire tri-state area. The region includes parts of western Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi and at least 50 counties are represented.
Students in grades 7-12 submit more than 2,000 entries each year in a wide variety of categories, including painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture, graphic design, film, fashion, as well as senior art portfolios that are judged by a panel made up of local artists, art educators, and other professionals in the art community. Student artwork is judged by originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Through the judging process, students are awarded gold keys, silver keys, and honorable mention certificates. Students are also nominated for American Visions awards. The Brooks Museum then exhibits the gold key winning artworks and the Brooks League hosts and sponsors an awards ceremony to present medals, cash awards and scholarships. Gold key winning artwork is then sent to New York City for national judging.
Each year winning students have the opportunity to receive cash prizes at the regional level. Regional winners who are seniors in high school are also eligible for portfolio scholarships from five area colleges and universities, Memphis College of Art, University of Memphis, Christian Brothers University, Arkansas State, and University of Mississippi. Since the beginning, the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards program has given out millions of dollars in scholarship money to students.
In the 2017 awards year, Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards received over 3,000 entries and gave out over 800 gold, silver, and honorable mention awards. Also, the Brooks Museum League with help from various supporters, awarded more than $10,000 in cash prizes and scholarship funds to local Gold and Silver Key winners. Among the 2017 Mid-South regional winners, there were 14 national winners, which included 5 gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 1 gold medal winning senior portfolio.
Winning at Scholastic means recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. The success of the winning students fulfills the mission of both the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards as established by the Brooks League and the national organization, which is to support and promote students with exceptional artistic talent and to present their outstanding artwork to the world.
Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards 2017 Winners
BEST IN SHOW – SENIOR DIVISION Tram Le
FIRST PLACE – SENIOR DIVISION Megan Cox
SECOND PLACE – SENIOR DIVISION Jennifer Xiao
THIRD PLACE – SENIOR DIVISION Jessica DiMento
SENIOR PORTFOLIO AWARD Bailee Ross
PAINTING AWARD – SENIOR DIVISION Lyrikal Jenkins
DRAWING AWARD – SENIOR DIVISION Tram Le
SENIOR PERSONAL VISION AWARD Bhakti Patel
BEST IN SHOW – MIDDLE DIVISION Karson Mount
FIRST PLACE – MIDDLE DIVISION Gillian Meyers
SECOND PLACE – MIDDLE DIVISION Mackenzie Lawson
THIRD PLACE – MIDDLE DIVISION Catherine Hu
PAINTING AWARD – MIDDLE DIVISION Garrett Mayfield
DRAWING AWARD – MIDDLE DIVISION Gillian Meyers
BEST IN SHOW – JUNIOR DIVISION Elizabeth Wood
FIRST PLACE – JUNIOR DIVISION Briana Ashmore
SECOND PLACE – JUNIOR DIVISION Alex Tauberschmidt
THIRD PLACE – JUNIOR DIVISION Alyssa Koplon
PAINTING AWARD – JUNIOR DIVISION Alex Tauberschmidt
2017 Scholastic Art Awards National Medalists, Mid-South Art Region (ARMS1A)
|First Name||Last Name||Grade||School||Work Title||Individual Awards||Category||Teacher|
|Megan||Cox||12||White Station High School||Treading The Water of Life||Gold Medal||Art Portfolio||Charles Berlin|
|Andrew||Cunningham||7||Appling Middle School||what does it mean to run?||Gold Medal,
American Visions Medal
|Film & Animation||Meredith Wilson|
|Kate||Cunningham||12||Hutchison School||Copper Petals||Gold Medal||Jewelry||Anne Davey|
|Emily||James||12||Arlington High School||Joy||Silver Medal||Printmaking||Melanie Anderson|
|Tram||Le||12||White Station High School||Under Pressure||Gold Medal||Drawing & Illustration||Charles Berlin|
|Andy||Martinez||10||White Station High School||Concrete Safari||Silver Medal||Drawing & Illustration||Charles Berlin|
|Garrett||Mayfield||10||Desoto Central High School||Postal Code||Silver Medal||Painting||Elizabeth Bass|
|Bhakti||Patel||12||Oxford High School||Out of the Darkness||Gold Medal||Photography||Duran Johnson|
|Bhakti||Patel||12||Oxford High School||Grandma||Silver Medal||Photography||Duran Johnson|
|Michelle||Reid||12||Oxford High School||Enraged After the Election||Gold Medal||Drawing & Illustration||Duran Johnson|
|Bailee||Ross||12||Briarcrest Christian High School||Progression||Silver Medal||Art Portfolio||Jenna Fergus|
|Rossana||Sandoval||12||White Station High School||Looking into the Future||Silver Medal||Photography||Charles Berlin|
|Corinne||Williams||12||Hutchison School||Blue Evening||Silver Medal||Fashion||Anne Davey|
|Jennifer||Xiao||12||White Station High School||Shrinking Woman||Silver Medal||Art Portfolio||Charles Berlin|