Memphis International Airport to announce 'Arts in the Airport' contest winners
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 4, 2016) – As part of its 9th annual High School Visual Arts Competition, Memphis International Airport (MEM) will host an art exhibition and announce the winners of its art and photography contests on Thursday, May 5, from 7-9 p.m. The event will take place in the B Ticketing Lobby and all participating students, their families and the public are invited to attend.
The exhibition is part of the airport’s “Arts in the Airport” program. All Shelby County public high schools were invited to participate. The airport received 257 paintings and 11 photography submissions from more than 15 different schools. Of these, 45 painting finalists were chosen to have their work displayed in the airport. All photography entries will also be displayed throughout the terminal at various locations.
The top six entries in each category will earn cash and prizes from $50 to $400. The top three entries will be announced at the conclusion of Thursday evening’s event. Winners are selected by a panel of judges that includes local artists and representatives from the Memphis College of Art, University of Memphis, and Dixon Gallery and Gardens.
“We take pride in this event, and in being able to support and encourage young local artists,” said Scott Brockman, President and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. “Arts in the Airport not only highlights the creativity and imagination of our local high school students, it brings a look and feel to our airport that is uniquely ‘Memphis.’”
Students are provided art supplies by the airport’s community foundation for the contest, and the finalists’ pieces are displayed throughout the airport for one year. Most pieces are available for purchase to the public, and all proceeds go to the student artist. Some airport retailers may also sell items that feature students’ artwork, with funds from those sales going to help purchase art supplies for the contest.