Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards

The Brooks Museum League is a non-profit volunteer organization that has supported the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art since 1933.
Medal Presentation

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.

Senior Gold Key Drawing Award

 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.

Mayor Strickland

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.

2018 Mid-South Scholastic Art Regional Sponsored Awards

Division Award Student Name Artwork Title School Teacher Name
Senior Best-in-Show Elizabeth Monix In the Window Harding Academy Lisa Jo Perdue
Senior First Place Morgan Pietri G.O.A.T. Houston High School Bobby Spillman
Senior Second Place Sydnee Jackson Untitled Arlington High School Melanie Anderson
Senior Third Place Emma Simonton Popsicle Hutchison School Jeanette Leake
Senior Portfolio Award Diamond Liggins Faces Power Center Academy High School Andrew Williams
Senior Painting Award Tierra Anderson Portrait of Tierra Elaine Neeley Studio Elaine Neeley
Senior Drawing Award Shridhar Athinarayanan Emille en Couleur White Station High School Charles Berlin
Senior Personal Vision Award John Eshun Hey! Kids! Briarcrest Christian High School Jenna Fergus
Middle Best-in-Show Gillian Meyers Anxiety Oxford High School Duran Johnson
Middle First Place Elizabeth Wood Morning Hutchison School Anne Davey
Middle Second Place Nicklaus Kuntzman Self Portrait Bartlett 9th Grade Academy Amanda Tutor
Middle Third Place Caroline Seamons Restless Hutchison School Jeanette Leake
Middle Painting Award Madison
Morris
Swimsuit Hutchison
School
Jeanette Leake
Middle Drawing Award Madison
Morris
Dream till you
Wake
Hutchison
School
Jeanette Leake
Junior Best-in-Show Grace Chang Blue Heaven White Station
Middle School
Robert Uhrman
Junior First Place Aayush Jain Modern Grandma White Station
Middle School
Robert Uhrman
Junior Second Place Owen Canter Submerged Houston
Middle School
Robyn Nickell
Junior Third Place Jason Tang Imagination Box Elaine Neeley
Studio
Elaine Neeley
Junior Painting Award Jessica
Sathongnhoth
Jess Germantown
Middle School
Shannon Murrah
Junior Drawing Award Atornubari
Meneh
Porcupine Colonial Middle
School
Jennifer Shiberou
All Digital Art Emily Cea Monster Mask St. Benedict at
Auburndale
Laura Beck
All Film and Animation Emi Otsuki Microbial Monsters Cloud 901 Tech
Learning Lab
Mandy Otsuki
All Glass & Ceramics Miles Parker Vortex Lausanne Collegiate
School
Jonathan Auger
All Mixed Media Award Jie Wang Memphis, TN:
History and Reality
2 Js Studio Jin Powell
All Photography Award Daniel
Franceschini
So, Monday…we
meet again!
St. Benedict at
Auburndale
Kristin Black
All Printmaking Award Allyson Ware Fun Arlington High
School
Melanie
Anderson
All Sculpture Award Erek Campbell Unclear Lausanne
Collegiate School
Jonathan Auger
All American Visions
Award Nominee
Elizabeth
Monix
In the Window Harding
Academy
Lisa Jo Perdue
All American Visions Award Nominee John Eshun Hey! Kids! Briarcrest Christian High
School
Jenna Fergus
All American Visions
Award Nominee
Jie Wang Memphis, TN:
History and Reality
2 Js Studio Jin Powell
All American Visions
Award Nominee
Carly Owens Kidnapping in the
2nd Degree
St. George’s
School
Rose Doherty
All American Visions
Award Nominee
Emi Otsuki Microbial Monsters Cloud 901 Tech
Learning Lab
Mandy Otsuki

2018 Mid-South Scholastic Art Regional Sponsored Awards

Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards 2017 Winners

Best in Show

Tram Le
Senior Division

Karson Mount
Middle Division

Elizabeth Wood
Junior Division

First Place

Megan Cox
Senior Division

Gillian Meyers
Middle Division

Briana Ashmore
Junior Division

Second Place

Jennifer Xiao
Senior Division

Mackenzie Lawson
Middle Division

Alex Tauberschmidt
Junior Division

Third Place

Jessica DiMento
Senior Division

Catherine Hu
Middle Division

Alysa Koplon
Junior Division

Senior Portfolio Award

Bailee Ross

Painting Award

Lyrikal Jenkins
Senior Division

Garrett Mayfield
Middle Division

Alex Tauberschmidt
Junior Division

Drawing Award

Tram Le
Senior Division

Gilian Meyers
Middle Division

Senior Personal Vision Award

Bhakti Patel

2017 Scholastic Art Awards National Medalists

Mid-South Art Region (ARMS1A)

Name Grade School Work Title Individual Awards Category Teacher
Megan Cox 12 White Station Highschool 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

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