2017 Artistic Excellence Awards and Exhibit

March 06, 2017

On Sunday, March 5th, Art in Public Places held a reception and unveiling of the 2017 Artistic Excellence Exhibit at the Birthplace of Country Music Musuem. $1,825 in prize money (generously donated by local individuals and businesses) were awarded to Sullivan County, TN and Washington County, VA students.

Local artist Jennifer Counts served as the juror for this year's competition. An Abingdon native, Counts is an entrepreneur, business owner, and full time visual artist. Counts is forging her path in the art world as both a fine artist and a jewelry designer. She is the owner of Grass Roots Studio, where she utilizes various types of media and techniques in her work. Both her paintings and jewelry can be found online at her Etsy shop and in many galleries and shops around the region.

The winning entries were:

Best in Show

“Trinity” by Katherine Martin, Abingdon High School

Black/White

Junior / Senior
1st “Trinity” by Katherine Martin, Abingdon High School
2nd “A Donut Desire” by Brittany Slaughter, Tennessee High School
3rd: “Hand” by Breanna Owenby, Sullivan North High School
Honorable Mention: “Release” by Haley McBrayer, Tennessee High School

Freshman / Sophomore
1st: “Living on the Edge” by Kendra Brent, Tennessee High School,
2nd “Tribute to My Mom” by Karen Austin, Virginia High School
3rd: “Untitled” by Shanoah Chapman, Sullivan East High School

Oil/Gouache

Junior / Senior
1st: “Id, Ego, Superego” by Tory Dillard, Tennessee High School
2nd: “Southern Style Peach” by Mariah Flowers, Abingdon High School
3rd: “Mad Hatter” by Adalia Lane, Sullivan North High School

Freshman / Sophomore
1st: “Ashore” by Victoria Kestner, Virginia High School

Watercolor

Junior / Senior
1st: “A Folly Beach Sunrise” by Abby Cannon, Sullivan North High School
2nd: “Self Portrait” by Leah Mumpower, Virginia High School
3rd: “Roan Mountain” by Chloe Harmon, Sullivan Central High School

Freshman / Sophomore
1st: “Under the Sea” by Lillian Price, Abingdon High School

Acrylic

Junior / Senior
1st: “Chartreuse” by Payton Harris, Tennessee High School
2nd: “Blue No. 9” by Izzy Smith, Virginia High School
3rd: “Hunger Strike” by Samantha Manning, Sullivan Central High School
Honorable Mention: “Yellow Submarine” by Michelle Morris, Abingdon High School
Honorable Mention: “Dark” by Emily Breeann Hensley, Sullivan South High School

Colored Pencils / Pastels

Junior / Senior
1st: “Generations of Love” by Robin Storm Moore, Tennessee High School
2nd: “Vision” by Katherine Martin, Abingdon High School
3rd: “Can You Hear Me, Major Tom?” by Beth Jessee, Virginia High School
Honorable Mention: “Pieces of Me” by Elizabeth Shelton, Virginia High School
Honorable Mention: “Dreamy Stares” by Mckaylen Cassady, Tennessee High School

Freshman / Sophomore
1st: “Zebra Fields” by Cameron Westbrook , Sullivan South High School,
2nd: “Phoenix Rising” by Karen Austin, Virginia High School
3rd: “Pumpkin Still Life” by Denyn Barger, Sullivan South High School
Honorable Mention: “Swan Lake” by Laurel Sanders, Sullivan South High School

Mixed Media

Junior / Senior
1st: “Symphony of Flowers” by Leah Mumpower, Virginia High School
2nd “Untitled” by Tanner Humbert, Washington County Career & Technical Education Center
3rd: “Untitled” by Donovan Roller, Washington County Career & Technical Education Center
Honorable Mention: “Untitled” by Olivia Gaal, Washington County Career & Technical Education Center
Honorable Mention: “Tropical Haze” by Morgan Fleming, Sullivan North High School
Honorable Mention: “Starman” by Michelle Morris, Abingdon High School

Sculpture

Junior / Senior
1st: “Mug” by Bethany Leonard, Sullivan East High School
2nd: “Tiki Mask” by Laura Watson, Sullivan East High School
3rd: “Mask” by Briana Canter, Sullivan East High School
Honorable Mention: “Cardboard Sculpture” by Maty McGuire, Sullivan East High School

Freshman / Sophomore
1st: “Roger the Alien” by Makayla Nunley, Abingdon High School