Memphis International Airport Notes

June 2012

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Fifth Annual High School Visual Arts Competition/Exhibition Awards Granted

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, through its charitable foundation, Memphis International Airport Community Foundation, and in conjunction with Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools, has for the last five years sponsored a visual arts contest for local high school art students. The students are asked to create an art piece that depicts our community's music, sights and sounds. The goal is to encourage the students to value and appreciate the Mid-South?s heritage and to learn more about the distinct things that make Memphis memorable.

The ongoing theme is 'Memphis, Its Music, Sights and Sounds.'

A total of 329 students entered the competition. The 329 were narrowed down to 45 finalists who then produced their works on canvas. Each of the 45 students received the following: art supplies; a Certificate of Participation; the privilege of having their artwork displayed in the Memphis International Airport for 12 months in the airport's passenger walkways that connect concourses A, B and C; the chance for their artwork to be printed/reproduced on store merchandise sold in gift and news shops at the Memphis International Airport; the chance to win one of two $1,000 art scholarships from Anton Airfood; and the chance to win a partial four-year renewable art scholarship to Memphis College of Art.

For the contest winners, a generous $1,200 in combined monetary rewards (donated by Yellow Cab Company) accompanied the ribbons given to the first place, second place, third place and honorable mention recipients.

A $10,000 scholarship for each of five students selected in a separate judging by Memphis College of Art will allow these budding artists to pursue their artistic educational goals. These one-year scholarships have the potential of being extended up to four years if the students meet certain criteria each year, a possible $40,000 scholarship for each of them.

2012 Winners

FIRST PLACE:

Kyle Owens
White Station High School
Artwork: The Soul of Beale Street

SECOND PLACE:

Olivia Ritter
Germantown High School
Artwork: Movin' in Memphis

THIRD PLACE:

Jay Curtis II
Cordova High School
Artwork: All That Jazz

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

D'von Nathaniel
Wooddale High School
Artwork: Memphis Through Time

Yidan Zeng
White Station High School
Artwork: Forever Young . . . Cooper-Young

Tiffany Stanfield
Bolton High School
Artwork: The First BBQ Fest

Memphis College of Art Scholarship Winners:

Flannery Harper
Central High School

Sarah Peil
Collierville High School

Jessica Martinez
Kingsbury High School

Sophia Mason
White Station High School

Jay Williams
Wooddale High School

HMS Host/Anton Airfood Award Winners:

Veronica Uribe
Cordova High School

Jessica Martinez
Kingsbury High School



First Place: Kyle Owens, The Soul of Beale Street




Second Place: Olivia Ritter, Movin' in Memphis




Third Place: Jay Curtis II, All That Jazz




Honorable Mention: D'von Nathaniel, Memphis Through Time




Honorable Mention: Yidan Zeng, Forever Young . . . Cooper-Young




Honorable Mention: Tiffany Stanfield, The First BBQ Fest



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