Students from grades six through 12 showcase their talents at the Knoxville Museum of Art during the second annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition  November 30, 2007 – January 6, 2008.  The competition, presented by the Tennessee Art Education Association and the KMA, offers students the opportunity to display their artwork and be honored for their accomplishments in a professional art museum environment.  The awards ceremony for the artists on Thursday, November 29 at 6pm at the KMA is open to the public and free of charge.

There are 102 awards for students totaling over $390,000.  The Best-of-Show winner receives a purchase award of $500, and the artwork becomes a part of the collection of James Dodson, on loan to the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Education Collection. Additional awards are made possible by the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Jan and Sylvia Peters. The Maryland Institute College of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Art and University of Tennessee, Memphis College of Art and the Watkins College of Art & Design are awarding scholarships to several of the winning juniors and seniors.  

Categories for the competition include ceramic, drawing, digital imagery, mixed media, painting, computer graphics, sculpture, traditional photography, and printmaking.  The competition includes works from middle and high school students, grades 6 – 12, from public, private or home schools in East Tennessee, and is being juried by art field professionals Daryle Grenead, K-5 visual art teacher at South Christian Elementary in Christian County, Kentucky; Baldwin Lee, University of Tennessee School of Art; Paul Lee, University of Tennessee School of Art; and Elizabeth Lynch, upper school art instructor for University School of Jackson.

The exhibition is made possible by the presenting sponsor Regal Entertainment/Regal Foundation Group, and additional sponsorship from Coleman’s Printing & Awards, Crayola, Jerry’s Artarama, and Morris Creative Group.

The Knoxville Museum of Art serves East Tennessee with outstanding exhibitions and educational programs. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m.  Parking is free.  Admission prices are $5 for adults and free to members and children 17 and under. Admission is free on Tuesdays. For more information contact Angela Thomas at (865) 934-2034 or visit www.knoxart.org.

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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