The Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum), in partnership with The Eudora Welty Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, is pleased to recognize winning students from the 2013 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of Mississippi Regional Competition. Award winners will be displayed as part of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards exhibition, on view through April 7, 2013 in the public corridor of the Museum. Winning artists and writers will be recognized during a reception at the Museum on Sunday, April 7 from 12:30 until 2 PM, followed by an awards presentation at the Jackson Convention Complex from 2 until 4 PM.
Out of more than 1,100 visual art submissions from across the state, 384 selected works of art received Honorable Mention, Silver Key, or Gold Key awards. Out of 501 writing entries, 107 received Honorable Mention, Silver Key, or Gold Key awards. Entries receiving Gold Key awards were sent to New York City where they contended in the national competition among 80 other regions. Thirteen students from Mississippi placed on the national level; nine for art and four for writing.
Ginger Williams-Cook,Studio Programs Coordinator and Master Teaching Artist at the Museum, said, "Each year I am in awe of the talented young artists in Mississippi. The work exhibited at the Mississippi Museum of Art is simply great, quality art. I commend all of the students and teachers that work hard to submit to the competition each year."
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 in partnership with The Eudora Welty Foundation. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards exhibition is generously supported by the C Spire Foundation. Each year, the Mississippi Museum of Art hosts the art competition, and The Eudora Welty House, a museum of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, in conjunction with the Eudora Welty Foundation, hosts the state-wide writing competition.
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 two days.
The judges for the 2013 Scholastic Art Awards were Scott Allen, Talamieka Brice, Mathew Puckett, Tammy Golden, and Melvin Priester. 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.
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