Seriously, this is great work
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
The 9th annual High School Visual Arts Competition wrapped up at Memphis International Airport on May 5 with an art exhibition and the announcement of the winners for painting and photography.
The winning entry for painting was "Record of Memphis" by Jason Small of Overton High School. The winner for photography was "The Sun and Moon of Memphis" by Tia Rose, also from Overton High. The exhibition is part of the airport’s “Arts in the Airport” program. You can read the official release here. A complete list of winners may be found here.
The Arts in the Airport program is one of our favorite things not just because it supports and encourages local creativity and imagination, but because it makes the airport itself a better place. In the case of the art contest, the finalists get to have their work displayed in the airport for a year, complete with their names and the titles of their work.
It's a great way to recognize and acknowledge the efforts of the student artists while providing the airport with something uniquely local.
Hey, we know that MEM hasn't physically changed much in the last 30 years (we're working on that -- promise), but the arrival of new student art has become an annual refresher -- and a reminder to everyone who passes through here of the beauty and diversity that makes Memphis worth celebrating.
Here are just a few examples.
We encourage everyone to take a moment to check out the brilliant work of these student artists the next time you visit MEM. The paintings will be displayed in the connectors between the concourses.