Winning student artworks on display at the KMA

Jay FitzOur Town Youth

The Knoxville Museum of Art presents the 17th Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition through Sunday, January 8, 2023. The exhibition showcases the strength and diversity of art education programs in East Tennessee.

Approximately 350 works of the more than 700 entries in this highly competitive show made it through a rigorous jury process. Since 2005, the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition has presented the work of well over 4,000 students who have competed for a total of $7 million in scholarships made available to eligible juniors and seniors by colleges and universities around the nation.

The Best in Show winner receives a purchase award of $500, and the artwork becomes a part of the permanent collection of James Dodson, on loan to the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Education Collection.

A reception and awards ceremony are Tuesday, December 6, from 6-8 p.m. at the Knoxville Museum of Art. The event is free and open to the public.

And the winners are

Best in Show, Eli Olsen, 12th Grade, Art Incarnate, Recycled Art Textbooks, Christian Academy of Knoxville, Hope Wampler, art teacher

Best in Show-Middle School, Ashton Garrison, 7th Grade, Untitled, Watercolor Paper and Hot Glue, Webb School of Knoxville-Middle, Todd Johnson, art teacher

Best in Ceramic, Caroline Boggs, 11th Grade, Red Cabbage, Clay and Acrylic Paint, Farragut High School, Wendie Love, art teacher

Best in Printmaking, Elizabeth Suters, 12th Grade, “Muir’s Triumph, Oil-based Ink, Linoleum Block and Watercolor, L&N STEM Academy, Jillian Hirsch, art teacher

Best in Drawing, Evelyn Gager, 8th Grade, Intrusive Thoughts, Charcoal on Paper, West Valley Middle School, Michael Seagraves, art teacher

Best in Sculpture, Polina Salnicova, 12th Grade, Shoes, Metal, Hardin Valley Academy, HyYeen Benjamin Eng, art teacher

Best in Photography, Natalee Oldham, 12th Grade, The Red Circle, Digital Camera and Photoshop, Webb School of Knoxville-Upper, Sharon Mann, art teacher

Best in Painting, Reese Wilson, 11th Grade, “It’s good for you,” Acrylic Paint, Hardin Valley Academy, HyYeen Benjamin Eng, art teacher

Best in Mixed Media, Fen Hoffman, 11th Grade, Moon Goddess, Paper, L&N STEM Academy, Jillian Hirsch, art teacher

Best in Computer Graphics, Elise Blakeman, 8th Grade, HorseFlight, Computer, Bearden Middle School, Kimberly Bishop, art teacher

Best in Video Production, Grayson Roe, 12th Grade, I Hope You Know, Computer, Maryville High School, Jeanie Parker, art teacher

The Knoxville Museum of Art is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park. It is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10-5, and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Sarah Kaplan, marketing manager at the Knoxville Museum of Art, provided information for this story.


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