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!
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.”
“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.“
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,
WMA Art Educator