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Visual Arts Achievement Awards

The Visual Arts 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 selected entries will be featured in an exhibit open to the public at the Bama Theatre's Junior League Gallery March 8-22, 2021 with masks requested and social distancing observed. Gallery Hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Masks and social distancing are requested while in the gallery.

Artists and educators Mary and Gary Kerr served as judges for the show. 

Select works chosen by the judges for their outstanding merit (in addition to the winning entries) will be featured in the state level competition virtual exhibit.

Click here to view a list of works accepted to the exhibit, all the winners, and those that will progress to the virtual state competition.

Top Awards:

-Best in Show
Bella Guynes, Grade 12, Holy Spirit Catholic School
Teacher: Tricia Schuster
Group: 2
Painting: “M-Geezy”

-Best of Group 1
Miranda Keith, Grade 8, Holy Spirit Catholic School
Teacher: Diane Norris
Painting: “Calm Before the Storm”

-Best of Group 2
James Spruill, Grade 12, Northside High School
Teacher: Sue Robertson
Drawing: “Not What We’d Thought”

More Information

For additional information contact Sharron Rudowski at tuscartsgalleries@gmail.com

Learn more about the Alabama State Council on the Arts' Visual Arts Achievement Program by visiting their website: