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Youth Art Month 2021: Art Connects Us

544 submissions from 24 area schools (including homeschool). Let me type that again: 544.

That’s the second highest number of submissions we’ve ever received for Youth Art Month. During a global pandemic. Amazing! Our area students created art during unprecedented times and our educators continued to foster their artistic growth and support them through this uncommonly challenging year. I am so incredibly proud of the work they have created and submitted.

Our jurors had a very difficult task indeed. In the end, 115 works were selected for this year’s exhibit. You can access our virtual reception here for a quick walkthrough of the exhibit and to get a closer look at the winning works.

And speaking of winners … here they are! All art award winners will receive a $50 check and all awarded artwork will be displayed at the locations designated below for one year, from March 2021 through March 2022.

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Wiregrass Museum of Art Award

Elementary Winner: Scarlet Hughes, #269, 4th grade, Slocomb Elementary

Middle School Winner: Sarah Catherine Hall, Oceania, 8th grade, Ridgecrest Christian School

High School Winner: Collin Crowder, Honeybee, 12th grade, Rehobeth High School

The winners’ work will be on display in the Education Gallery at WMA until March 2022.

City of Dothan Award

Mallory Brooke Worsham, John Deer Wayne, 10th grade, Houston Academy

The winner’s work will be on display in Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba’s office until March 2022.

Houston County Award

Mary McKay Hewes, Tigre, 12th grade, Dothan High School

The winner’s work will be on display in the County Commission Building until March 2022.

Youth Art Month Award

Adra Beck, Bamboo by Curtain, 11th grade, Enterprise High School

The winner’s work will be on display in the offices of Dothan Pediatric Dentistry until March 2022.

2nd Congressional Award

Natalie Warner, Paper Dolls, 12th grade, Enterprise High School

The winner’s work will be on display at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. until March 2022. 

A BIG thank you to our 2021 Youth Art Month Sponsors: by The Caring Foundation – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, Publix Super Markets Charities, Dothan Pediatric Dentistry – Dr. Kristen Crowder and Dr. John Flowers, and the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce. Thank you for support art education in the Wiregrass!

Congratulations to our winners and ALL of our selected artists!  

This year’s national theme for Youth Art Month is “Art Connects Us.” I think this year has taught us that better than any other. Come and connect with these incredible artists’ work now through March 31st.  We hope to see you at the museum soon!