Works from the fifth annual In Process: Wilson County High School Art Competition will be on display in the Adams Gallery of the June & Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center at Cumberland University through March 27.
Each year, art specialists in area high schools are asked to submit selected work from their students. For the 2009 competition, the Cumberland University School of Music & the Arts received submissions from Mt. Juliet High School, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, Friendship Christian School, Wilson Central High School and Lebanon High School.
Prize winners were selected earlier this month following judging by Barbara Zawislak (B.A., Vanderbilt University; M. Ed., Middle Tennessee State University). Zawislak is a visual arts specialist at Siegel High School in Rutherford County. She is a member of the National Art Education Association, National Education Association, Frist Center for the Visual Arts and various honorary societies. She is known throughout the region as a successful artist, educator and thoughtful critic.
The Best of Show Award, along with a $100 prize, went to Mt. Juliet High School’s William Griffith for his acrylic and pastel work, “Gorge.”
“The marks and the surface of this piece are beautiful,” Zawislak wrote in her comments on Gorge. “There is a spontaneity, and yet a thoughtfulness to this piece. The more time spent looking, the more interesting it becomes.”
The Adams Gallery is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. All exhibits are free and open to the public. This year, exhibit prizes were sponsored by the Cumberland University Fine Arts Council (CUFAC), Nashville-based Plaza Art Materials, The Thackston Family Foundation and an Arts Builds Communities Grant, a grant funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Other In Process Award winners include:Michael Clark, LHS – First Place, Two-Dimensional Art for “Don’t Close Your Eyes”Kalyn Buchanan, WCHS – Second Place, Two-Dimensional Art for “Feed Us”Jessica Murray, WCHS – First Place, Three-Dimensional Art for “Beatles Box”Honorable Mention: David Ezekiel Denney, LHS, for “Where’s Dave?”; Evan Walsh, MJHS, for “Self-Portrait”; Jessica Dillingham, WCHS, for “Dragon”; Mary Smith, FCS, for “Progression”; Wes Berryman, MJHS, for “Midsummer Night’s Scream”; and Kayla Connely, MJHS, for “Blue Planet.”