The Frist Art Museum’s eighth biennial Young Tennessee Artists exhibition showcased some of the finest artwork by high school students across the state. Students in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) studio art programs during the 2019–20 academic year were invited to submit their work to this exhibition. After reviewing more than three hundred entries from students in private and public schools, the jurors selected works by thirty-six 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. In 2020, the end of the school year and the art submission deadline occurred in the midst of a global pandemic, adding extra challenges for the students.
This exhibition illuminated their skillful synthesis of form, technique, and content. The array and quality of work demonstrated the growing sophistication and diversity of experiences within the AP and IB studio art programs across Tennessee.
The artists whose work was selected for this exhibition:
Sarah Katherine Steen
Anna Rose Thomas
We would like to acknowledge and thank the selection committee:
• Beizar Aradini, artist, Nashville
• Trinita Kennedy, curator, Frist Art Museum
• Paul Lee, professor of photography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
• Carl Moore, artist, Memphis
The Frist Art Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our O’Keeffe Circle members in funding this exhibition:
Judy and Joe Barker
Patricia Frist Elcan and Charles A. Elcan
Jennifer and Billy Frist
Julie and Tommy Frist
Patricia C. Frist and Thomas F. Frist, Jr., MD
R. Milton and Denice Johnson
Lynn and Ken Melkus
Sid and Linda Pilson
Delphine and Ken Roberts
Anne and Joe Russell
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Seabury III
Olivia L. Tyson
This list is current as of August 10, 2020.
Supported in part by
Organized by Shaun Giles, Frist Art Museum community engagement director
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.
All artworks appear courtesy of the artists, who retain the copyright to their work.