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Local Student Receives Attention in National Exhibition

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

PRESS CONTACT: Julian Rankin jrankin@msmuseumart.org | 601.960.1515

For Immediate Release: September 3, 2015

Mississippi Student’s Original Artwork on Display in Year-Long Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibition at Two Prestigious Washington, D.C. Locations


The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, in partnership with The U.S. Department of Education and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, host the annual Art.Write.Now.DC Exhibition featuring artwork by a Mississippi student.

Noel Quave, Mississippi School for the Arts, Kelly Walters instructor. Gold Key and American Visions Medal for Mixed Media work, The Messiah


(Jackson, Miss…) The Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum) is proud to announce that Mississippi scholastic artist Noel Quave, a student at the Mississippi School of the Arts, has been selected to be a part of the annual Art.Write.Now.DC Exhibition, on view at two prominent Washington D.C. locations: the U.S. Department of Education and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues. The collection, of which Quave’s work is a part, features more than 80 original works of art along with writing from students who received National Medals in the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Awards program is the country’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition initiative for creative teens, presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Works on display span the program’s 28 categories including photography, journalism, comic art, poetry, sculpture, and video game design. Quave, instructed by Kelly Walters, was awarded a Gold Key and American Visions Medal for Mixed Media work, The Messiah.

The Mississippi Museum of Art hosts the Mississippi Regional Competition of the Scholastic Art Awards 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. This year’s presentation of The Scholastic Art Awards exhibition was generously supported by Atmos Energy.

“Each year, the quantity and quality of the artwork produced by Mississippi students continues to grow,” said Betsy Bradley, Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art. “We’re privileged to be able to witness this development by hosting 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.”

In the 2015 program year, a record breaking 300,000+ works were submitted for overall adjudication at the regional level to more than 100 Affiliates of the Alliance, with more than 1,900 students receiving national recognition. The talented students who receive Scholastic Art & Writing Awards gain access to exhibition and publication opportunities, as well as academic awards and scholarships provided through partnerships with colleges and universities. These exceptional students walk in the footsteps of renowned alumni of the program including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, and Stephen King. More recent alumni include Zac Posen and Lena Dunham.

“Year after year it is our privilege to bring the unique visions and voices of today’s youth to Washington, D.C. though the Art.Write.Now.DC Exhibition,” said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. “These teens from every corner of the country continue to inspire us through their innovative ideas, bringing fresh perspectives and views to the world around us. We are proud to partner with the Department of Education and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to shine a well-deserved spotlight on these talented students as they continue on their creative paths.”

A complete list of student work featured in the Art.Write.Now.DC Exhibition is available at www.artandwriting.org. Throughout the exhibition, a selection of National Medalist writing from the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Award will also be displayed. These literary works can be found in The Best Teen Writing of 2015 anthology, a student-edited anthology of authentic teenage voices from across the country. If you are in the DC area and would like to visit the exhibition, please contact tour@artandwriting.org. Students interested in submitting original work to the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards can do so beginning September 16, 2015. To learn more about the application process and to view original work by Scholastic Art & Writing Award recipients, visit www.artandwriting.org.

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is grateful to its generous sponsors, who provide funds to support and produce all our programs: Scholastic Inc., The Maurice R. Robinson Fund, Command Web Offset Co., The New York Times, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, The National Endowment for the Arts, Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies, The Herb Block Foundation, The Gedenk Movement, RBC Capital Markets, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Golden Artist Colors, Neiman Marcus, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; numerous other individual, foundation, and corporate funders; and, for the National Student Poets Program, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

For more information about the Alliance and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit the Scholastic media room: www.mediaroom.scholastic.com/artandwriting.

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.

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