Youth Art Month Exhibition

Held every March, Youth Art Month is a month-long celebration of student artists in which WMA partners with elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the Wiregrass region to display student artwork in the museum. The exhibition is open to PK-12th grade students from public, private, and home schools in the region, and emphasizes the value of art and art education for all children and encourages the public to support quality school art programs.

This year saw over 600 submissions with 177 artworks being accepted into the exhibition! Opening night on March 3 saw 600 people out to support the talented artists whose work will hang at WMA through March 28, 2020. Seeing families, friends, and teachers sharing the night alongside pointing, smiling students is a wonderful thing. Eager to find their art on the wall, children excitedly bob and weave until they come see it on the wall or pedestal.

All accepted students were eligible for numerous awards recognizing outstanding artistic achievements. Elementary (K-5) and Middle (6-8) grade students’ works are eligible for the Wiregrass Museum of Art Award. High School (9 – 12) students’ works are eligible for the following awards: Wiregrass Museum of Art Award, hung at WMA; Youth Art Month Award, hung at Dothan Pediatric Dentistry’s (Dr. John Flowers and Dr. Kristen Crowder) office, Houston County Award, hung in the County Commission Building, City of Dothan Award, hung in the Mayor’s Office; and the 2nd Congressional Art Competition Award, hung in the Senate Corridor in Washington D.C.

All awarded artwork will be displayed at the designated location for one year, from March 2020 through March 2021. All art award winners will receive a $50 check and will receive recognition during a Dothan City Commission meeting held in early March 2020.

This year’s winners are:

Wiregrass Museum of Art Award

• Elementary School: Katalina Hernandez, 2nd grade, Hidden Lake Elementary
• Middle School: Sarah Hall, 7th grade, Ridgecrest Christian School
• High School: Ethan Edwards, 12th grade, Ridgecrest Christian School

City of Dothan Award

• Cooper Lee, 11th grade, Houston Academy

Houston County Award

• Collin Crowder, 11th grade, Rehobeth High School

Youth Art Month Award

• Mia Smith, 10th grade, Enterprise High School

2nd Congressional Award

• Abby Baird, 11th grade, The Montgomery Academy

After the awards ceremony, I had the opportunity to chat with some of our winners who wanted to share their love of art with you!

Katalina Hernandez

Dreams Come True

“I like art because I get to do creative things. I really, really want to do really creative things because I’ve had a lot of art experience. I think I started when I was 3 or 4, and now I’m 7 so I’ve had a lot of experience.”

Sarah Hall

Enchanted Meadow

“Youth Art Month is a great opportunity for young artists like myself to express themselves through art and share their passion with others. It is extremely inspiring to see all of the art displayed throughout the month. The Wiregrass area has many talented young artists and I am very thankful that the Wiregrass Museum of Art provides this opportunity by investing in promoting art for the youth in our area.“

Cooper Lee

It’s Called: Freefall

“This art piece is really special to me because I’ve never really found doing art with my hands or creating art that way interesting until I really found my thing and this medium, doing pastels and doing concert photos with the black paper has really made me enjoy art and see it in a whole new light and I absolutely love it now, I’m obsessed with it now!”

The evening also celebrated WMA’s winners of the high school competition, Out of the (Art)Box. Since there is still so much to tell you about how incredible their installations are, tune in next week for a whole new post!

Thank you for celebrating with me,
Amanda Holcomb
WMA Art Educator

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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