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Arts in the Airport

Arts in the AirportAnnual High School Visual Arts & Photography Competition: Memphis, Its Music, Sights and Sounds

17th Annual High School Visual Arts and Photography
Competition / Exhibition
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Important Dates for 2024 Contest:

  • February 26 – March 1, 2024 – Art Center Kit Pick-Up
  • April 12, 2024 – Final Exhibition Painting Delivery and Photo Submission (selected students)
  • April 15-22, 2024 – Finals Judging
  • May 9, 2024 – Arts in the Airport Event

2024 Finalists


  • Music Bridge — Aidan Abney, Christian Brothers
  • Piggly Wiggly — Abbie Ahlbrandt, Arlington
  • The Kings — Amairy Amaro Rodriguez, Collegiate School of Memphis
  • Overlooking Memphis — Emma Atkinson, Collierville
  • Fun at the Fair — Kamsiyochukwu Azogini, Collierville
  • The Peabody Music Act — Allison Boehler, Collierville
  • Memphis City Bridge Lights — Tyla Buford, Overton
  • Coffee in Memphis — Aremi Castelan, Collegiate School of Memphis
  • Botanic Gardens — Cedric Crawford, Collegiate School of Memphis
  • Yukon and Else — Angel Cruz, White Station
  • Yum Yum — Evelyn Cruz, East
  • The Peabody Ducks — Rosie Deng, Collierville
  • Along The Bluff — Maura Farney, Arlington
  • The Muses of Memphis — Gabriella Gomez, Collierville
  • Our Lady of Elmwood — Mikey Graves, White Station
  • In the Paint — Namazzi Hampton, East
  • Memphis Redbirds — Emely Herrera, Overton
  • Memphis Gus’s Fries Chicken — Ivan Herrera, Overton
  • Flock — Annalee Irick, Arlington
  • Dolph Forever — Ivan Jimenez, Collegiate School of Memphis
  • The Blues Boys — Maguire Jones, Arlington
  • Music and Sunsets at Shelby Farms — Skye Kryszak, Arlington
  • One Night Only… — Grace Lawson, Arlington
  • Sun Studio — Giovanna Leda Mendes, Collierville
  • The View — Yocelin Lopez, Collegiate School of Memphis
  • I Have a Dream — Lizzie Luter, Collierville
  • Haunted Memories in Memphis — Kymberly Martinez-Diaz, Collegiate School of Memphis
  • Beauty Hidden in Memphis — Wendy Maulion, Collierville
  • The Dixon Red Bridge — Vetzi Morales, Overton
  • The Memphis Flash — Kimberly Nguyen, Collierville
  • Goner Records — Megan O’Connor, Collierville
  • Blacklight — Alyssia Pope, Collegiate School of Memphis
  • One Shot of Beale — Jameelah Rashada, Whitehaven
  • Gibson’s Donuts — Camryn Richmond, Overton
  • BB’s Guitar — Colbie Robinson, Ridgeway
  • Danny’s Dream — Meiya Rollins, Arlington
  • Stroll Around Memphis — Amy Sanchez, Ridgeway
  • Summer Fun at the Children’s Museum of Memphis — Melalin Sanchez-Sanchez, Overton
  • The Bear’s Blues — Noel Savov, Collierville
  • Grizz Win — Sumiran Sharma, Collierville
  • Greetings from Memphis — Marin Stuart, Arlington
  • Red Stairs — Helen Vo, Overton
  • Jookin in Memphis — Cameron Watters, Overton
  • Hi Memphis! — Cailyn White, Arlington
  • Memphis’s King — Riley Willits, Collierville


  • Irene Golf and Country Club — Quinn Allen, Christian Brothers
  • This Memphis — Alzahra Altareb, White Station
  • The Last Stay — Luke Anderson, Bartlett
  • The Beginnings of Memphis History — Sayla Antara, Bartlett
  • Peace — Katelyn Banks, Overton
  • The Great Marlowe’s — Gus Bell, Whitehaven
  • Memphis Skies — Amaya Bowie, City University School of Liberal Arts
  • St. Jude Marathon Weekend — Maya Brown, Arlington
  • Hope Memphis — William Bryan, Christian Brothers
  • Jack — Sandra Clark, City University School of Liberal Arts
  • Zip-lines at Shelby Farms — Sunny Cui, White Station
  • The Course — Michael Day, Christian Brothers
  • Memphis on the Flip Side — Jaliyah Doss, Bartlett
  • A Corner of History — Jack Ford, Christian Brothers
  • Coming Back Home — Peter Fransioli, Christian Brothers
  • Cam — Adrian Godsen, Overton
  • Getting Around Town — Edy Guarcas, Overton
  • Memphis Soul Food — Cordell Hall, City University School of Liberal Arts
  • River, Steel, and Stone — Carter Hawkins, Christian Brothers
  • Morning in Memphis — Collier Hill, Christian Brothers
  • Foggy Line (Memphis Green Line) — Arthur Hooper, Christian Brothers
  • Rejected River Walk — Henry Hurdle, Christian Brothers
  • Showboating at Hueys — Hayveen Jones, Bartlett
  • Renmen — Sumaiah Jones, Overton
  • MEM in Flight — Kameron Jordan, Bartlett
  • 901 Snow Day — Tierney Kelsey, Whitehaven
  • Day Off at the Park — Sam Kitsinger, Christian Brothers
  • The Tastee Donut — Dylan Lane, Christian Brothers
  • Back on Beale — Juliana Little, Bartlett
  • Overlooking The River — Collin Maley, Bartlett
  • Beyond the Horizon — Jennifer McGregory, Bartlett
  • I Heart Memphis — Azariah Miller, Bartlett
  • Morning in Memphis — Samuel Morris, Bartlett
  • Last Stroll — Jacob Papple, Bartlett
  • Downtown Memphis Main Street — Donte Payne, City University School of Liberal Arts
  • One Way Street to Blues — Rolando Rala, Whitehaven
  • Night Light Tower — David Ramirez, Christian Brothers
  • Memphis Blues — Nicholas Russell, Bartlett
  • My Brother’s Keeper — Joshua Saulsberry, City University School of Liberal Arts
  • Walking Through the Light — Jannie Torres, Overton
  • Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library — Trexler Townley Bakewell, White Station
  • A Night on the Town — Tyler Warren, Bartlett
  • Symphony in Black — Zaniah Wilburn, Bartlett
  • The Hero — Harmonie Willis, City University School of Liberal Arts
  • Vienna Awaits — Isabella Woodward, Arlington

View the complete gallery of 2023 winners and finalists:

Contest History

In 2008, Memphis International Airport launched an annual local visual art contest. Each year the top 45 works of art are selected and put on display along the walls in the airport’s B baggage claim area. Students are challenged to capture what they love about the city.

Each year a panel of judges evaluates the new works for theme, concept, composition and craftsmanship.

Memphis International Airport receives more than 300 entries, from which 45 are selected to become paintings for the airport’s exhibition along the walls in B baggage claim.

Opera MemphisPerforming Arts in the Airport

On the music stage in the terminal rotunda, various artists are featured throughout the year. Keep an eye on our social media channels for performance announcements and on our Music at MEM page.


Art Exhibits

Memphis International Airport hosts a variety of locally focused art exhibits. Our goal is to enrich the experience of travelers and provide them with a little insight into the culture, art and museums of Memphis. Much of the artwork on display is themed around the region’s musical heritage.

In addition, there are 34 fine art pieces from the Memphis in May International Festival’s collection on display in the concourse gate areas. The pieces are the original artwork created for the honored country for each year’s festival.

Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art

Memphis International Airport has 20 pieces from the Belz Collection on display outside the Delta Sky Club in the connector.

This beautiful collection of art includes jadeite and jade vases, ivory balls and figurines, an intricately carved mammoth tusk, a model Judaica train, silver scroll cases and a handcrafted Judaica set. One of the most impressive pieces is the exquisitely carved mammoth tusk featuring a beautiful Chinese landscape. Perhaps the most intriguing piece in the display is an ivory mystery ball with 48 concentric layers.