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November 19, 2015

The Knoxville Museum of Art Celebrates 10 Years of Student Artwork with the 2015 East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition

The Knoxville Museum of Art and the Tennessee Art Education Association celebrates the 10th anniversary of the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition Friday, November 27, 2015-Sunday, January 10, 2016. Now in its tenth year, the exhibition offers middle and high school students from around East Tennessee the opportunity to participate in a juried exhibition and to display their talents and be honored for their accomplishments in a professional art museum environment. This event is made possible by the generosity of presenting sponsor Regal Entertainment Group with additional sponsorship from Pharma Packaging Solutions, Emerson Process Management, Home Federal Bank, and the Tennessee Art Education Association.

Students, family, friends, and the public are invited to a reception and awards ceremony Tuesday, December 8 from 6 to 8pm at the Knoxville Museum of Art. The event is free and open to the public. The East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition is open to students in grades 6-12, attending public, private, or home schools in 32 counties across East Tennessee. Fewer than a third of the more than 964 entries in this highly competitive show made it through a rigorous jury process. The best-in-show winner will receive a purchase award of $500, and the artwork will become a permanent part of the collection of Mr. James Dodson, on loan to the Knoxville Museum of Art's Education Collection. Since 2005, the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition has presented the work of nearly 3,000 students who have competed for a total of $7 million in scholarships made available to eligible juniors and seniors by colleges and universities from around the nation.

Best in Show, 2015, Esther Stiver, 12th Grade, Trolls, Bearden High School, Art Teacher Anna Halliwell Boyd

Best in Middle School, 2015, Fatima Bowers, 8th Grade, Ed Sheeran, Karns Middle School, Art Teacher Emily Huch

Best Drawing, 2015, Karina Jurayeua, 12th Grade, My Fireplace Reflection, Maryville High School, Art teacher Jeane Parker

Best Sculpture, 2015, Magen Wellmaker, Grade 12, Wonderlust, Oak Ridge High School, Art Teacher Kristi Bailey

The Knoxville Museum of Art
The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10am–5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact Angela Thomas at 865.934.2034 or visit

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