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Congressman Mo Brooks and Mayor Battle Awarded Art Students at Museum’s 30th Annual YAM Ceremony

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February 28, 2017
The Huntsville Museum of Art hosted a ribbon cutting and proclamation ceremony for 30th annual YAM

(Huntsville, AL) – The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) proudly presented its 30th celebration of Youth Art Month (YAM) on Sunday, February 26 with a ribbon cutting, proclamation and awards ceremony.  Congressman Mo Brooks, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Becky Quinn of the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) and others attended the ceremony.  

Mayor Battle opened the event with a ribbon cutting, along with YAM sponsors and Huntsville Museum of Art’s senior staff.  The ribbon cutting was held in the Adtran, Jurenko, Thurber and Women’s Guild Galleries where the YAM 2017: Exhibition for Youth Art Month will be on display through April 30.  Following the ribbon cutting, Mayor Battle proclaimed the month of March as Youth Art Month.

"I'm constantly reminded that the talents of the upcoming generation surpass our highest expectations - and that's true, especially, when it comes to their artistic abilities," said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. "As Huntsville Museum of Art celebrates Youth Art Month, I'm also reminded that a thriving community is one that values and prioritizes artistic expression. That expression enhances our day-to-day life and our quality of life as a community. We are thankful for the many ways Huntsville Museum of Art makes Huntsville a little brighter, and a little more creative every day."

Following the ribbon cutting, an awards ceremony was held upstairs in the Great Hall where Mayor Battle presented the 17 Blue Ribbon Finalists their awards for the Visual Arts Achievement (VAA) Program.  The winners were chosen in advance by a panel of three judges (art professors from Alabama A&M University and UAHuntsville, and an art educator/fine artist).  A total of 340 pieces of artwork were submitted for the VAA Program by students from Huntsville City, Madison City, Madison County, Athens City, Limestone County, Decatur City and Scottsboro City.  The selected VAA works will be sent to Montgomery to be displayed alongside other regional winners’ pieces in the Georgine Clarke Alabama Artists Gallery at ASCA.

Becky Quinn, current board member and past chair of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, made opening remarks for the awards ceremony, “The Council has a long history of providing grants that support and enhance arts education knowing that a vibrant arts environment expands a student’s imagination and prepares them for tomorrow’s future.  Huntsville’s Youth Art Month will showcase many of those achievements. The Council’s commitment of resources continues to expand the arts and improve the quality of life for all citizens statewide.”  

Congressman Mo Brooks and his wife Martha recognized the Congressional Art Competition’s finalists and winner, which were chosen by Congressman Mo Brooks’ 5th District.  The winner, Shelby Vaughn, is a senior at James Clemens High School and her piece was a colored pencil drawing entitled Joy.  Miss Vaughn’s artwork is being sent to Washington, D.C. for a year-long display at the U.S. Capitol, along with winners from congressional districts across the country.  Miss Vaughn and her family have been invited to Washington, D.C. to have a behind-the-scenes tour of the U.S. Capitol building.     

“North Alabama is fortunate to enjoy the Huntsville Museum of Art's leadership,” said Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05).  “I always look forward to the Museum's Annual Youth Art Month and our joint participation in America's Congressional Art Competition to recognize and promote artistic achievement.

The competition began in 1982 and, since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated.  Their participation would not be possible without the committed, high-caliber teachers and mentors who work to maintain and emphasize the value of art education in our communities and to our students.  I congratulate those students whose artwork is being recognized as exceptional as we celebrate March as Youth Art Month!”

The Huntsville Museum of Art has been celebrating YAM for the last 30 years and has made it a priority to educate the community and keep art a top-of-mind subject for North Alabama residents. “The YAM 2017: Exhibition for Youth Art Month focuses on the creativity and critical thinking skills of the talented youth whose artwork exemplifies the quality of arts education in the North Alabama region,” said Laura Smith, Director of Education and the Museum Academy at HMA.  “I’m positive Museum visitors will be impressed by the variety of art – from drawings, paintings, mixed media and ceramics – that will be on display in the galleries."


About Huntsville Museum of Art
The Huntsville Museum of Art is a non-profit municipal corporation established by the City of Huntsville, Alabama, and governed by a city-appointed Museum Board.  The Museum seeks to foster understanding of the visual arts and appreciation of artistic achievement.  In addition to its galleries and exhibitions, the Museum offers art classes for children and adults along with special programs, lectures and musical presentations.  Rental space is also available for weddings, meetings and other events.  HMA is the local VAA District V sponsor for the ASCA program.  

About Youth Art Month
Youth Art Month is observed nationally each March to emphasize the value of art education for children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs.  Major support for the 2017 YAM: Exhibition for Youth Art Month at HMA was provided locally by Presenting Sponsor Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc.    Additional sponsors included Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and Walmart.  Additional support was given by The Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Huntsville Museum of Art Guild.  

Youth Art Month is endorsed by The National Art Education Association, Alabama Art Education Association, Alabama State Department of Education, and Alabama Alliance for Arts Education and locally by the Huntsville-Madison County Art Education Association.

Honorable Mentions for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition are:

Claudia Waddell
Bob Jones High School, 11th Grade
Don’t Cry Over Spilled Coffee, watercolor

Kiersten Thorum
James Clemens High School, 12th Grade
Megan, white charcoal

Allie Henshaw
Huntsville High School, 11th Grade
Sloth Slumber, linoleum block print

Olivia Butler
Athens High School, 11th Grade
The Kaleidoscope, watercolor and embroidery thread

Whitney Tate
Sparkman High School, 12th Grade
Serenity, photography

Visual Arts Achievement (VAA) Program 2017 District V List:
Anna Chason Buchanan
Madison Academy, 8th Grade
Bottle Tree, photography

Nicole Clark
Grissom High School, 12th Grade
Orbit, watercolor

Alana Cooper
A.P. Brewer High School, 9th Grade
My 5th Symphony, mixed media

Lydia Dauser
Sparkman High School, 12th Grade
Dainty, photography

TaLyse Edgecombe
Academy for Science and Foreign Language, 6th Grade
The Last Rooster, mixed media

Caroline Farley,
Liberty Middle School, 8th Grade
Glasses, graphite

Chloe Hui
Grissom High School, 12th Grade
Drum Major, charcoal

Ny’Azia T. Johnson
Academy for Academics and Arts, 7th Grade
Underwater Adventure, computer graphics

Anna Maxwell
A.P. Brewer High School, 10th Grade
Kayed Maher-Mahmud Kudoura, computer graphics

Emery Mills
Madison Academy, 10th Grade
Woman by Sea, block print

Lauren  Pennington
Bob Jones High School, 12th Grade
Eyes That Burn, pastel

Katherine Rogers
Bob Jones High School, 12th Grade
Weightless, watercolor

Hannah Smitherman
Sparkman High School, 12th Grade
Just When You Think You’re Right, photography

Tekla  Stahlecker
Grace Lutheran School , 8th Grade,
Nature Up Close, mono print

Samantha Tallichet
Grissom High School, 12th Grade
Two Sides, acrylic on canvas and found objects

Isabel Waring
Academy for Science and Foreign Language, 8th Grade
The Golden Tree, tempera on paper

Gabrielle Caudle-Williams
Academy for Academics and Arts, 7th Grade
Dia de los Muertos Celebration Skull, cardboard and found objects with rabbit fur

Samantha Nielsen
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