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Sixth Annual High School Visual Arts Competition/Exhibition Awards Granted

The 6th Annual Memphis International Airport Community Foundation High School Visual Arts Competition/Exhibition celebrates and promotes Memphis’ legendary culture and shows the promise of Memphis’ newest generation of artists. The ongoing theme of “Memphis, Its Music, Sights and Sounds” asks students to draw inspiration from Memphis’ culture thru the music, sights, and sounds they experience and to build from that by using their imagination, creativity and individuality to personally express what they view as positive, progressive, and constructive about their hometown.

A total of 328 entries were submitted by Memphis & Shelby County High School students from which 45 were selected to produce large-scale museum-quality original paintings which are on display for air travelers to view in the airport’s concourse connectors for the next year.

For the contest winners, cash prizes totaled $1,600 and the Memphis College of Art awarded 13, $10,000 per-year renewable scholarships worth potentially $520,000. This is more than double the number of scholarships awarded last year.

2013 winners:
FIRST PLACE
Student: Kristian Taylor
School: Overton
Artwork: Night on Beale

SECOND PLACE:
Student: McKenzie Holmes
School: Collierville
Artwork: Sun

THIRD PLACE:
Student: Victor Hernandez
School: Overton
Artwork: He Made the “Sun” Shine

HONORABLE MENTION:
Student: Hannah Molinara
School: Collierville
Artwork: Soul of Memphis

Student: Myriam Leek
School: Overton
Artwork: Jazzy Nights on the River

Student: Shamia Hall
School: Overton
Artwork: Dancin’ in the Streets of Memphis

HMS HOST / ANTON AIRFOOD AWARD
Student: Olivia Ritter
School: Germantown
Artwork: Trolley Time Travel

Memphis College of Art Scholarship Winners:

Student: Jordan Gentry
School: Bolton
Artwork: The Memphis Beat

Student: Briyana Rainer
School: Central
Artwork: Theatre Lights

Student: Stephanie Garcia
School: Cordova
Artwork: Memphis (1)

Student: Cartorius Macklin
School: Douglass
Artwork: Perfect Place to Stroll

Student: Ontarius Johnson
School: East
Artwork: Memphis (2)

Student: Vanessa Nutt
School: Germantown
Artwork: Reflections of Memphis

Student: Megan Wolfkill
School: Houston
Artwork: Soul

Student: Simone Soulnier
School: Kingsbury
Artwork: A Ride through Memphis

Student: Curtis Mickens
School: Millington
Artwork: The Music of Hope

Student: Victor Hernandez
School: Overton
Artwork: He Made the “Sun” Shine

Student: Lauren Sobral
School: White Station
Artwork: Sounds of the Studio

Student: Daveion Patterson
School: Whitehaven
Artwork: Memphis Belle

Student: Eddie Jackson
School: Wooddale
Artwork: Cruising Through Memphis Again

Special Guest Entertainment for the Awards Ceremony was provided by The Millington Chorale of Millington Central High School, TN, (Director, Jeffrey Murdock); the only high school in the U.S. selected this year to perform live at Carnegie Hall’s Choral Festival in New York.

The Exhibit was juried by Susan Miller, Vice President of Student Affairs, Memphis College of Art; Jennifer Gonzales, Coordinator of Achievement Counseling, Memphis College of Art; Julia Ormiston, Mid South Artist, Consultant, Retired Art Supervisor, MCS; Emery Franklin, Mid South Artist, Consultant, born in South Memphis, whose paintings and drawings can be seen in local galleries, offices, and homes throughout the United States; and Margarita Sandino, Curator of Education, Dixon Gallery & Gardens.

Night On Beale: First Place

Night On Beale: First Place

SUN: Second Place

SUN: Second Place

He Made the "Sun" Shine: Third Place

He Made the "Sun" Shine: Third Place

Soul of Memphis

Soul of Memphis

Jazzy Nights on the River

Jazzy Nights on the River

Dancin' in the Streets of Memphis

Dancin' in the Streets of Memphis

The Millington Chorale of Millington Central High School

The Millington Chorale of Millington Central High School