SCHOLASTIC ART GOLD WINNERS’ WORKS TO BE DISPLAYED AT CHEEKWOOD JANUARY 31 THROUGH APRIL 19
NASHVILLE, TN – 63 Middle Tennessee art students took home Gold Key awards, 93 Silver Key awards and 213 Honorable Mentions in the most recent Scholastic Art Awards competition, with the Gold Key winning pieces on display in Cheekwood’s Museum of Art January 31 through April 19.
Five students, Robert Green, of University School of Nashville, Jack Ladd of Hume Fogg High Academic Magnet, Duyen Pham of Hendersonville High School, Lisa Qu of Brentwood High School, and Lila Weiss of University School of Nashville have each received an American Vision Award nomination. One of the five will be chosen as a national finalist in the American Vision Award competition to be held in New York.
Artworks by Middle Tennessee’s Gold Key award-winners will go on to be judged by the national panel in New York. An awards celebration will be held in June with the national Gold Key winning artists’ works to be displayed in The National Student Art Exhibition in New York City.
Students from 38 Middle Tennessee schools and over 600 students submitted 1,384 entries in the regional competition which was judged at Cheekwood. For the fourth year, all student art was submitted digitally. The judges include local artists and art educators, Charles Brindley, Paul Collins, Nieves Uhl, Brian Downey, Barbara Bullard, Richard Heinsohn, Donna Henley, Stefanie Gerber Darr, Jerry Park, Meredith Eastburn, and Samantha Andrews. The Scholastic Art Awards are the oldest continuously run art competition in the nation. Past winners include noted artists such as Red Grooms and Andy Warhol. The regional portion is sponsored by The Tennessee Credit Union and Cheekwood.
A reception for the Gold and Silver Key winners will be held in Massey Auditorium at Cheekwood on Saturday, January 31 (snow date is February 7). The Awards Ceremony will be held for Group I (Grades 7-8) at 1:30 pm and Group II (Grades 9-12) begins at 2:30 pm. Mayor Dean will be attending and addressing the groups.
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. Our mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit.
Cheekwood presents world-class art exhibitions, showcases breathtaking gardens, and offers education programs and seasonal festivals to school children and families as well as to the citizens of Nashville and its visitors. Its attendance and membership have dramatically increased in recent years, and the institution has become an increasingly accessible and relevant place in the Nashville community. In 2013, Cheekwood welcomed over 300,000 visitors, making us one of the city’s top cultural attractions, with approximately 12,000 member households.
Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Nashville, 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, seniors $12 and children 3-17 are $7. Parking is $3 per car. For further information call 615-356-8000 or visit www.cheekwood.org.