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

First place: Natalie Johnson, Brown Intermediate School, with “Food for Thought” — Mix Media

Second place: Ally Gonzalez, Brown Intermediate School, with “The Mocking Jay” — Digital Art

Third place: Steve Truman, Brown Intermediate School, with “Four in One” — Printmaking

Honorable Mention 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

Best of Show: Dalton Merrill, Tellico Plains High School, with “Books/Paper Butterflies” — Mixed Media

2D Award of Merit: Emma Garrison, Sweetwater High School, with “Celebrity Portrait” — Charcoal

3D Award of Merit: Cory Weigel, Tellico Plains High School, with “Bull Skull” — Metal Sculpture

First place: Lori Scott, Sweetwater High School, with “Untitled” — Pen & Ink

Second place: Cory Weigel, Tellico Plains High School, with “Something Nutty” — Metal Sculpture

Third place: Mallorie Harrell, Sweetwater High School, with “Fishing in the Park” — Mix Media

Honorable Mention 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

People’s Choice

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.

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