The Mississippi Scholastic Art Awards is a statewide regional competition of the National Scholastic Art Awards program. The Scholastic Art Awards recognizes many of our state’s most creative teenagers and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. The competition is open to all Mississippi students in grades 7 through 12.
Five judges review all the work and select winners in various categories. They recognize students through regional awards with Gold Keys, Silver Keys, and Honorable Mention certificates. Gold Key winners will advance to the National Awards Ceremony. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
Last week, several Grenada High School students learned they had received awards at the Regional level. Courtney Simmons, a senior, received a Silver Key for a mixed media portrait that she created out of sequins, beads, feathers, and glitter. Maura Dismukes, also a senior, received a Silver Key for her mixed media self-portrait created with paint and Starburst candy wrappers. Receiving Honorable Mention Certificates were Alexandra Brasher, a senior, for a work created with a Sharpie marker; and Will Goff, a junior, for a pen and ink piece.
Simmons and Brasher are part of a new course at GHS this year called AP Studio. This is an accelerated art class where students earn college credit as well as high school credit. As part of their coursework, students in AP Studio must complete a portfolio of 25 pieces of artwork with 12 of the pieces focusing on a particular concentration or idea. Dismukes is a member of the Art II class and Goff is enrolled in Art I.
Simmons’ and Dismukes’ artworks have been sent to the Mississippi Museum of Art for an exhibition that will run from February 5th through April 15th. The students will also be honored at an awards reception on April 7th at the Mississippi Museum of Art.
*Thanks to Mrs. Alaina McQueen, art instructor at GHS, for contributing this article.