Congratulations to Reid Phelps and Hannah Walker on their recent art accomplishments! On February 3rd, 2024, both students were honored at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens for their hard work, expertise, and artistic talent at the 2024 Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Awards. Both students are members of the Advanced 2D/3D art class.
Walker won a Silver Award for her pop art portrait she named A Map of the Face. Walker described her artistic process and vision, saying “The portrait began to remind me of a topographic map, and how it takes a lifetime to notice details of the face.” While reflecting on the piece, Walker shared her love and appreciation for art, especially the friends she’s gained from class. “It’s been such a special place for me”, she shared.
Taking home a Silver Award for his piece called Isolation and a Gold Award for Unconscious Picking, Phelps’ charcoal artwork is headed to a National Competition. Unconscious Picking is actually Phelps’ own hands, and he shared, “I wanted to illustrate something that isn’t seen. Something ordinary, but meaningful.” Phelps went on to say that as a child, he and his grandmother would go visit the art shows at Cheekwood, so it was an exceptionally special experience to go back with her this year and see his art hanging on the walls.
US Instructor of Art Judy Klich said, “They both are prolific artists constantly drawing and creating in their sketchbooks. Winning a scholastic award just reinforces that their hard work pays off and others notice. God gave us all talents and the gift to be creative and these two students embody all that creation can do...calms the mind, helps the soul find a place of rest, and gives beauty to others to enjoy their creations.”
Students Jack Morrow and Laurel Adkins were also recognized with Honorable Mentions for their pieces The Bee and the Acorn and You're Thinking Too Much...Stop It (Morrow) and The Fairy and the Tulip Trees (Adkins).
Congratulations to these student artists; and thank you, for letting us experience the uniqueness of each creative journey from these individual works.