Mid South Scholastic Art Awards

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