Youth Art Month 2022

Each March, the Wiregrass Museum of Art is filled with works by talented young local artists for our Youth Art Month exhibition. Works are submitted by their art teachers or parents, and we set forth organizing their work and preparing for our jurors to make their selections. Youth Art Month 2022 was a record-breaking year with 728 submissions created by PreK through 12th grade students from 41 different schools and organizations, including private schools, private art studios, and home school groups! Our jurors had the difficult task of narrowing down the 728 incredible works of art to 154 that are on display in the Main Gallery through the month of March. While all 154 students chosen are winners in our books, we do have several students we would like to recognize for their achievements:

Gallery full of artwork.

Wiregrass Museum of Art Awards


PreK- 2nd

Artwork made with crayon depicting a mural of three ancient men.

Townes Fuller, 2nd Grade, Providence Christian School


Crayon on Paper


3rd – 6th

Watercolor painting of Birch Trees on a sunny day.

Lily Barnes, 3rd Grade, Rehobeth Elementary School

“Birch Trees”



Middle School (7th and 8th)

Acrylic painting of a koi fish in a dark pond.

Merrill Scarborough, 8th Grade, Houston Academy

“Have You Heard of Bioluminescent”

Acrylic on Paper


High School

Charcoal drawing of a tree lined rod at night with a large tree creature about to pick up the lone car on the road.

Maia Ness, 11th Grade, Enterprise High School

“The Man of the Woods”

Charcoal on Paper


Youth Art Month Award

Acrylic painting of an African American female standing in front of a green wall.

Kelsey Anne McGowan, 10th Grade, Carroll High School


Acrylic on Canvas

Houston County Award

Abstract geometric portrait using brightly colored oil pastels.

Talajiah Wesley, 2nd Grade, Ashford Elementary

“Sandra Silberzweig Selfie”

Oil Pastels


City of Dothan Award

An Acrylic painting of a Caucasian female with a snake wrapped around her shoulders.

Sophia Marie Huff, 10th Grade, Ridgecrest Christian School




2nd Congressional Award

Acrylic painting of a close up portrait of someone getting a Covid test.

Autumn Ann Clemons, 12th Grade, Daleville High School

“Waiting for Results”

Acrylic on Canvas


1st Runner Up 

A self portrait created with charcoal on black paper.

Julissa DeJesus, 10th Grade, Enterprise High School

“Untitled (Self Portrait)”

Charcoal on Paper


2nd Runner Up 

Mixed media collage with puzzle pieces that form a broken face in the middle.

Madelyn Dunn, 11th Grade, Enterprise High School

“Puzzling Piece”

Mixed Media


3rd Runner Up 

Charcoal drawing of a Caucasian female holding up a broken mirror with her reflection in the glass.

Scout Smith, 10th Grade, Providence Christian School

“Broken Perception”

Charcoal on Paper

A gallery full of artwork.

Youth Art Month will be on display until March 31st so be sure to visit WMA as my photos do not do these incredible works justice!

Thank you to everyone who supported these incredible young artists in their journey. And a special thank you to our Youth Art Month 2022 sponsors:

  • The Caring Foundation – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Publix Super Markets Charities
  • Dothan Pediatric Dentistry – Dr. Kristen Crowder and Dr. John Flowers
  • Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce

If you are interested in learning more about Youth Art month visit our website at for more information, including submission guidelines and important dates. We would LOVE to see work from your young artists next year!

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Refund Policy

The Wiregrass Museum of Art may cancel any class with insufficient enrollment; students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student withdraws at least 1 week before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for the full cost of the class. If a student withdraws 24 hours before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for half the cost of the class. There are no refunds after the start date of class, and membership fees are nonrefundable. Students are not enrolled until complete payment is received.

Terms and Conditions

The Wiregrass Museum of Art reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works publication, publicity, and educational purposes. Participation in this exhibition shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. The museum reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. The museum is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care ninety (90) days after the close of the exhibition.

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Mask Policy

WMA asks that all campers ages 5 and up wear a mask during their museum visit, including classes and camps. If you don’t have a mask, we can provide one for you. Exceptions can be made for those with documented respiratory or sensory issues. We thank you for protecting your fellow visitors and our staff!

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