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Memphis International Airport Student Art and Photography Competition

Most pieces are available for purchase, with proceeds going to student artists.

MEMPHIS, Tenn — Memphis International Airport has announced the winners of the 15th Annual High School Visual Arts and Photography Contest.

96 artists submitted work and 43 were chosen as finalists. 79 photographers participated in the competition and 36 finalists were chosen.

The winners were announced through a virtual event, and an open house will be held Thursday evening at 6 p.m. where the winners will receive their prizes.

Here is a list of the winners:

Paintings (See collection HERE):

  • 1st place: Meredith Dai, Collierville High School, “Koi at the Memphis Botanical Gardens”
  • 2nd Place: Taylor Nelson, Collierville High School, “Peabody from Below”
  • 3rd place: Eleanor Hsueh, Houston High School, “Memphis Smorgasbord”

Photographs (See collection HERE):

  • 1st Place: Maddox McPherson, City University School of Liberal Arts, “Area Code 901”
  • 2nd place: Brooklynn Hellums, Bartlett High School, “Metal Museum”
  • 3rd place: Natalia Ramos, Bartlett High School, “Memory”

All finalists will receive a certificate and 1st place will receive $300, 2nd place $200 and 3rd place $100. The airport said all of the finalists’ work will be on display at the airport for travelers to view for one year.

Most pieces are available for purchase, with proceeds going to student artists.

The nine judges were drawn from the local art community and included representatives from the University of Memphis, Withers Collection Museum & Gallery, UrbanArt Commission, Christian Brothers University, Urevbu Contemporary and Dixon Gallery. and Gardens.

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