The KMA Presents the 2021 East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition

November 24, 2021

The Knoxville Museum of Art proudly presents the 16th Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition Friday, November 26, 2021-Sunday, January 9, 2022. Now a long-standing tradition, the exhibition showcases the strength and diversity of art education programs in East Tennessee, celebrates talented middle and high school students, and supports arts education.

Middle and high school students from East Tennessee have the opportunity to display their talents in a juried exhibition and receive recognition for their accomplishments in a professional art museum environment. This event is generously sponsored by Carton Service, Inc., Home Federal Bank, the Rotary Club of Knoxville, the Guild of the KMA, Sarah Stowers, and Ann and Steve Bailey.

Students, family, friends, and the public are invited to a reception and awards ceremony Tuesday, December 7, from 6 pm-8 pm at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Welcoming remarks will be made by the Mayor of Knoxville, Indya Kincannon. The event is free and open to the public. Those who wish to attend the reception should register in advance at

The East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition is open to 6-12 grade students attending public, private, or home schools in 32 counties across East Tennessee. Categories for the competition include ceramic, drawing, digital imagery/video production, mixed media, painting, computer graphics, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. Participating schools were invited to submit up to 15 artworks per teacher, and each school will be represented by one winning work of art.

Approximately 347 works of the more than 712 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 permanent 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 well over 4,000 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.

2021 East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition Winners:

Best in Show, Magnolia Evans, 12th Grade, Paranoid, Painting-Oil Paint and Wood Panel, Farragut High School, Angela McCarter, Art Teacher

Best in Ceramic, Shelby Gibbs, 11th Grade, “No. 3 – preservation”, Ceramics-Clay, Oak Ridge High School, Gisela Schrock, Art Teacher

Best in Computer Graphics, Viggo de Almeida, 11th Grade, Vector Portrait, Digital Art-Illustrator, and Photoshop, Oak Ridge High School, Joseph Moseley, Art Teacher

Best in Drawing, Rainee Mitchell, 10th Grade, Man of Prague, Drawing-Ball Point Pen, Oak Ridge High School, Joseph Moseley, Art Teacher

Best in Mixed Media, Magnolia Evans, 12th Grade, Reflecting, Mixed Media-Colored Pencils, Paper, on a Mirror, Farragut High School, Angela McCarter, Art Teacher

Best in Painting, Cecilia Payne, 12th Grade, Serenading the Old Feline, Painting-Gouache, Jefferson County High School, Melanie Hodge, Art Teacher

Best in Photography, Leah Guthrie, 11th Grade, Euphoria, Photography-Digital Photography, West High School, Michelle Ayres, Art Teacher

Best in Printmaking, Luke Dahl, 10th Grade, iballz, Printmaking-Drypoint Etching on Paper, L&N STEM Academy, Jillian Hirsch, Art Teacher

Best in Sculpture, Lily Asbury, 12th Grade, Clawing at This Cage, Sculpture-Acrylic Paint, Plaster, and Metal, Cocke County High School, Myra Amason, Art Teacher

Best in Show-Middle School, Lulu Schwed, 8th Grade, The Languages of Love, Photography-Digital editing of a Mixed Media artwork, Bearden Middle School, Kimberly Bishop, Art Teacher