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Visual Arts Achievement Awards

The Visual Art Achievement Awards is a competition sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and administered each February on the local level by various groups such as The Arts Council. The exhibit consists of the winners, judge’s choice awards and honorable mentions awarded to students from local schools with works divided into two groups based on grade level. Group I consists of middle school students in grades six through eight. Group II consists of high school students in grades nine through twelve. Entries are classified based on medium:  drawing, painting, mixed-media, 3-D, print making, computer design, and photography. The winners and judge’s choice winners are featured in Montgomery at the state level/competition exhibit with subsequent winners traveling to Washington, D.C. for the national level competition. Local teachers should contact Sharron Rudowski for further information about the competition. Information is also available at arts.alabama.gov.

Judges for the 2016 competition were artists/educators Mary and Gary Kerr. The following winners plus additional works were selected to appear in the show earlier this year:

Group I:


Max Wester Drawing Echols Middle Best of Show
Brooke Bassett 3D Crafts Holy Spirit Catholic 1st
Mary Grace Wyatt 3D Crafts Holy Spirit Catholic 2nd
Natalie Crespo-Merchan 3D Crafts Holy Spirit Catholic 3rd
Patrick Johnson 3D Crafts Holy Spirit Catholic HM
Breanna Graves Drawing Echols Middle 1st
Hannah Hearndon Drawing Echols Middle 2nd
Alexia Brown Drawing Echols Middle 3rd
Bo-Hartley Clark Drawing Echols Middle HM
Damonta Lucious Mixed Media Rock Quarry 1st
Addison Taylor Mixed Media Rock Quarry 2nd
Sarah V. Wagenheim Mixed Media Tuscaloosa Magnet 3rd
Marie Mewes Painting Holy Spirit Catholic 1st
Destiny Clark Painting Tuscaloosa Magnet 2nd
Becca Melton Photography Holy Spirit Catholic 1st
Jade Stewart Printmaking Holy Spirit Catholic 1st
Sara Heard Printmaking Holy Spirit Catholic 2nd
Anabelle Upton Printmaking Holy Spirit Catholic 3rd

 Group II:


Tatianna Zambrano Printmaking Holy Spirit Catholic Best of Show
Steven Colaler 3D Craft Tuscaloosa Co. High 1st
Margaret Shattuck 3D Craft Northridge 2nd
Shelby Castellanos 3D Craft Northridge 3rd
Jace Strickland 3D Craft Brookwood HM
Julia Davis Computer Image Holy Spirit Catholic 1st
Sylvia Burroughs Computer Image Holt 2nd
Anna Sella Computer Image Holy Spirit Catholic 3rd
Bryan Patrick Lake Computer Image Holt HM
Julianna Martin Drawing Northridge 1st
Ana Galindo Drawing Tuscaloosa Co. High 2nd
Minesha Smith Drawing Central 3rd
Meredith Colburn Drawing Northridge HM
DeVon Poellnitz Mixed Media Central 1st
Meredith Guinn Mixed Media Northridge 2nd
Lauren Wheat Mixed Media Tuscaloosa Co. High 3rd
Paola Lopez Mixed Media Tuscaloosa Co. High HM
Maria Espinoza Painting Bryant 1st
Riley Thomas Painting Northridge 2nd
Nick Patton Photography Bryant 1st
Isaac Franklin Photography Bryant 2nd
Maria Ana Garcia Photography Holy Spirit Catholic 3rd
Morgan Kimbrough Photography Holt HM
John Patterson Printmaking Holy Spirit Catholic 1st
Aidan Farrish Printmaking Holy Spirit Catholic 2nd
Deanna Clements Printmaking Tuscaloosa Co. High 3rd


More Information

Learn more about the State Arts Council's Visual Arts Achievement Program by downloading the informative PDF below.

For additional information contact Sharron Rudowki at education@tuscarts.org