October 20, 2018–March 17, 2019

2018 Young Tennessee Artists: Selections from Advanced Studio Art Programs

Conte Community Arts Gallery

  • Student artists and teachers at the December reception for Young Tennessee Artists.

  • Arely Herrera. Flame, 2017. Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist. © Arely Herrera

  • Anne Blackburn. Untitled, 2018. Film and watercolor on paper, 11 x 15 in. Courtesy of the artist. © Anne Blackburn

  • Mary Johnson. Untitled, 2018. Pen and ink on paper, 10 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist. © Mary Johnson

  • Olivia Lewis. Squashed Face, 2018. Graphite on paper, 18 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist. © Olivia Lewis

  • Diamond Liggins. Jordan and Kehlani, 2018. Colored pencil on paper, diptych: 19 1/8 x 27 7/8 in. Courtesy of the artist. © Diamond Liggins

  • Everett Delaney. Puffer Fish, 2018. Ink on paper, 15 5/8 x 15 5/8 in. Courtesy of the artist. © Everett Delaney

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The Frist Art Museum’s seventh biennial Young Tennessee Artists exhibition showcases some of the finest two-dimensional artwork by high school students across the state. Students in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) studio art programs during the 2017–18 academic year were invited to submit their work to this exhibition. After reviewing more than eight hundred entries from students in home-school programs as well as private and public schools, the jurors selected works by twenty-seven students.

Upper-level studio art courses make it possible for highly motivated students to build and refine their portfolios through ongoing investigation, practice, and reflection. The dedicated teachers in AP and IB programs challenge their students’ artistic perceptions and encourage them to develop aesthetic methods, both conceptually and in execution. At the end of the school year, each student’s portfolio is reviewed by AP or IB examiners. Students may subsequently receive college course credit or other recognition of their accomplishments.

This exhibition illuminates their skillful synthesis of form, technique, and content. The array and quality of work demonstrate the growing sophistication and diversity of experiences within the AP and IB studio art programs across Tennessee.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the selection committee:
Rosemary Brunton, educator for community engagement, Frist Art Museum
Lester Merriweather, artist, Memphis
Mark Scala, chief curator, Frist Art Museum
Donna Woodley, artist, Nashville
Koichi Yamamoto, assistant professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Organized by Rosemary Brunton, Frist Art Museum educator for community engagement

Here are the selected artists included in this exhibition, listed by region:

Olivia Lewis, Hamblen County High School East, Morristown
Zoe McDaniel, Hamblen County High School East, Morristown
Nate Steward, Hamblen County High School East, Morristown
Cristobal Tellez-Sosa, Hamblen County High School East, Morristown

Anne Blackburn, Harpeth Hall Upper School, Nashville
Jared Boston, Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville
Jessica Cardona, Nashville School of the Arts, Nashville
Savanna Cucchiara, Central High School, Murfreesboro
Everett Delaney, Father Ryan High School, Nashville
Lizzy Gaviria, Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville
Nancy Henin, Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville
Webb Hunt, Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville
Mary Johnson, Harpeth Hall Upper School, Nashville
Hannah Middleton, Central High School, Murfreesboro
Birdie Pearse, Centennial High School, Franklin
Zoe Spain, Hillsboro High School, Nashville
Katie Taylor, Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville
Dayton Upchurch, Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville
Heidi Viall, Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville
Madison Weathers, Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville

Marie-Pia Bonnot, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis
Camille Campbell, Overton High School, Memphis
Natalie Eslami, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis
Arely Herrera, Overton High School, Memphis
Diamond Liggins, Power Center Academy High School, Memphis
Jenny Rogers, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis
Solbok Yi, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis


Advanced Placement is a registered trademark of the College Board. International Baccalaureate is a registered trademark of the IB Organization. The institutions were not involved in the production of and do not endorse this exhibition.


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