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Mississippi Museum of Art hosts student art exhibition - Feb. 6 - March 6

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Media Contact: Julian Rankin

Mississippi Museum of Art hosts student art exhibition

The Scholastic Art Awards of 2016 Mississippi Regional Competition

On view February 6 – March 6, 2016

(Jackson, Miss…) The Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum) is pleased to recognize winning students from The Scholastic Art Awards of 2016 Mississippi Regional Competition. Award winners will be displayed as part of the Scholastic Art Awards exhibition, on view February 6 through March 6, 2016 at the Museum in The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions. Awarded artists will be recognized during a reception and ceremony on Sunday, March 13 (1 PM college fair; 2 PM ceremony).

Out of more than 1,800 visual art submissions from across the state, 289 selected works of art received Honorable Mention, 121 works received Silver Key, and 160 works received Gold Key. Entries receiving Gold Key awards will be sent to New York City where they will contend in the national competition among 80 other regions.

“Each year, the quantity and quality of the artwork produced by Mississippi students continues to grow,” said Betsy Bradley, Director of the Museum. “We’re privileged to be able to witness this development by hosting the The Scholastic Art Awards exhibition, and we congratulate both the artists who create such thought-provoking work and the teachers who help guide and encourage them.”

Established in 1923 by M.R. Robinson, who also founded Scholastic, Inc., The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is open to students in grades 7-12, recognizing outstanding achievement in the arts. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc. is the non-profit organization that administers the event. Located in New York City, the Alliance oversees all national judging.

The Mississippi Museum of Art hosts the Mississippi Regional Competition each year. Students from middle, junior high, and senior high schools from across the state participated in this year’s art competition. Entries represented a wide variety of categories, including painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture, graphic design, animation, textile fiber design, as well as art and photography portfolios which were judged by a panel of judges over a course of four days.

daniel johnson, Director of Engagement and Learning, said, “Recognizing and celebrating the exceptional young artists across our state through The Scholastic Art Awards is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had at the Museum. Our visitors always remark on the depth of talent in Mississippi and bringing all the students together for the awards ceremony reinforces a sense of community among them that guides their future professional relationships.”

The judges for The Scholastic Art Awards of 2016 were Latasha Willis, Talamieka Brice, Taylor Byrd, Justin Ransburg, Stacy Underwood, Louise Hooker, George “Sky” Miles, Ann Saunders, and Rick Anderson. Judging is conducted blindly through the Digital Adjudication System on the National Scholastic Art Awards website and displays only the photos of the artwork, title, medium and dimensions in a side panel.

The Mississippi Museum of Art’s mission is to “engage Mississippians in the visual arts.” The Museum is located at 380 South Lamar Street in Jackson. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, noon to 5 PM. The Museum is closed Monday. For more information about the Mississippi Museum of Art’s exhibitions, programs, and special events, please call 601-960-1515 or 1-866-VIEW ART (843-9278), or visit www.msmuseumart.org.

The Mississippi Museum of Art and its programs are sponsored in part by the city of Jackson and the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau. Support is also provided in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


Artwork: Justice Wynn, Mind’s Reflections of Child’s play (detail). Starkville High School