The Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA), Monroe County Schools and Sweetwater City Schools presented the 2019 Monroe County Student Juried Art Show on May 9 at Vonore Middle School.
The show was open to all middle, high, home schooled, private schooled and full-time college students up to 22 years old who reside in Monroe County.
This first Monroe County Student Juried Art Show showcased the artistic talents of area students.
The objective was to stimulate creative ideas, express artistic abilities, recognize students and their artworks, and honor teachers in the school systems, parents, guardians and the schools in Monroe County.
“Creativity and innovative thinking is necessary to solve the new wave of problems we face today and in the future,” said MACA Administrator Rebecca Inman. “This show case of art allowed the community to see how gifted and talented the students of Monroe County are! Providing arts in our community is vital! This is the first of many to come.”
Award winners were as follows:
Middle school awards
- Rachel Dixon, Vonore Middle School, with “A Man’s Best Friend” — Marker
- Stephanie Medina Portillo, Brown Intermediate School, with “Who Wants Starbucks” — Mixed Media
- Jennifer Corona Medina, Brown Intermediate School, wit “Blueberry Unicorn Cake” — Mixed Media
High school awards
- Sami Oaks, TN Online Public School, with “Dissociate” — Digital Art
- Gracie St. Hilare, Sweetwater High School, with “Empower Empowered” — Pen Stipple
- Cythia Banda, Sweetwater High School, with “I Don’t Know” — Face Mask/ Mix Media
Elija Powell, with Tellico Plains High School, with “Morning Bloom” — Metal Sculpture
MACA thanked the sponsors that made this event possible: Sweetwater Valley Citizens for the Arts, Commercial Vehicle Group, City of Sweetwater, Town of Vonore and Vonore Baptist Church.
Photos of all the artwork will be available for viewing on MACA’s Facebook page.