ABOVE: Olivia Wright, a Spring Station Middle School student, poses with her winning art. // SUBMITTED
Twenty students attending Spring Hill-area schools have been recognized as winning Finalists of the locally-sponsored “Happy Sun” Art Competition.
The winning student-artists by school and grade are:
Independence High School – Lukas Byrum (9th), Jadyn Miller (9th), Riley Mauro (10th), Rebekah May (10th), and Sophia Norris (12th);
Summit High School – Will Maddox (11th), Olivia Sorenson (11th), and Clara
Spring Hill High School – Sheridan Hunter (11th) and Lela Manis (12th);
Spring Station Middle School – Cailyn Gordon (6th), Olivia Wright (6th), Candace Bohne (7th), Perry Rogers (7th), Madalene Leigh (8th), Sierra Robertson (7th), and Alana Samons (8th); and
Allendale Elementary – Grayson Bridges (K), Isabel Atria Luke (1st) and Ethan Gunther (3rd).
The independent jury for this art competition was comprised of three distinguished fine arts professionals:
- Anne Henderson, Director of Education & Outreach at the Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee;
- Ken Tisa, accomplished, influential New York artist with BFA from Pratt Institute, MFA from Yale School of Art and Architecture, and professor in the top-ranked painting department at Maryland Institute College of Art (“MICA”); and
- Jack Coyle, Nashville-born contemporary artist and senior BFA painting major at MICA, living, working and exhibiting in Baltimore, Maryland.
This First Annual “Happy Sun” Art Competition was sponsored by Daily Dental Spring Hill, a dental practice scheduled to open March 5, 2018 at 2090 Wall Street, Spring Hill, Tennessee, located at the new Spring Hill Station near Dunkin Donuts across Main Street from Lowe’s and Walmart.
“Congratulations to each of the aspiring student-artists who participated in this
competition,” said Frank Coyle, president of Daily Dental. “We applaud each of them on their creativity, originality and artistic expression. It’s clear to me that our community schools around Spring Hill have wonderful fine arts teachers, so we look forward to participation from even more students and schools next year. A special thanks goes to our remarkable panel of judges, for their commitment to promoting excellence among young artists.”
“Student art exhibitions are important for young people to participate in as they develop confidence in their own work,” said Anne Henderson, Director of Education & Outreach at the Frist Center for Visual Arts. “They can see the range of artistic responses that are possible to the theme. It also gives the young artists a critical response to their work which is part of learning to be an artist.”
Participation in this art competition was open to any student attending Independence High School, Spring Hill High School, Summit Station High School, Spring Station Middle School, Heritage Middle School, Longview Elementary School and Allendale Elementary School.
Awards were available for up to three students from each of these high schools and two students from each of these middle and elementary schools; however, because a few schools had students who did not submit any artwork, the review panel decided to increase the number of awards available to students from schools who did participate. Each student finalist selected by the jury received a cash award for his or her work.
In addition to the purchase award and school recognition, each winning piece will be professionally framed and installed for up to 12 months for visitors to see at Daily Dental Spring’s Hill’s practice location. A plaque will be affixed to each piece recognizing the student-artist and school by name. With this recognition, each student finalist also has gained resume experience which may be beneficial when applying to college.
About the Art Jury
Anne Henderson founded the Education Department at the Frist Center when the museum opened in 2001 and has overseen it ever since.
She earned a B.A. in English from Baker University and a M.A. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. From 1985 to 1990 she was Curator of Education at the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, and from 1991 to 2000 she was Head of Teacher and School Programs at the National Gallery of Art. At the Frist Center, she supervises all the education programming for adults, youth and families, volunteers, and teachers through workshops, lectures, film series, tours, exhibition materials, outreach programs and the award-winning interactive education gallery Martin ArtQuest. Henderson has presented at conferences for the American Association of Museums, the Institute of Museum and Library Services Web-Wise seminar, the J.P. Getty Museum symposium on interactive galleries, and the Tennessee Association of Museums conference. She has served on various grant panels for the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In 2010, Henderson was named National Art Museum
Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association.
Ken Tisa lives and works in New York City and is a professor in the painting department at Maryland Institute College of Art (“MICA”), the oldest and one of the most prestigous fine arts colleges in the U.S. dating back to 1826. Tisa has held numerous solo exhibitions at acclaimed venues, including: Centre d’Art et de Culture, Aix-en-Provence, France; Stellweg-Seguy Gallery, New York, New York;
Alexander Wood Gallery, New York, New York; Fischbach Gallery, New York, New York; and Kate Werble Gallery, New York, New York. During the past four decades his work also has been included in exhibitions at a variety of institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma; MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York; Artists Space, New York, New York; and Art in General, New York, New York. Tisa’s works have been reviewed in publications such as ArtInfo, Miami New Times, The New York Times, and New York Magazine.
Jack Coyle, a senior painting major at Maryland Institute College of Art (“MICA”), is scheduled to receive his BFA in Painting in May 2018. As a painter and muralist, Coyle has worked on freelance projects and exhibited works in Baltimore and Nashville, including at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts. During the summer 2017, Coyle attended the prestigious Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art Program. Coyle studied painting at the Accademia Europea di Firenze in Florence, Italy in 2013 and returned to Italy in the summer of 2016 to study at the ICA in Monte Castello di Vibio. Recent exhibitions of Coyle’s work include group shows in Baltimore, Maryland at Platform Gallery, MICA Exhibition Galleries and Terrault Contemporary. In a recent project, Coyle worked alongside Colombian contemporary artist Santiago Montoya at his studio in Miami. Coyle is a graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, where he received a student commission from the Board of Trustees to paint a large scale mural portrait of Major League Baseball Pitcher R.A. Dickey.
About Daily Dental
Daily Dental is a professional dental practice organization designed for patient convenience at 2090 Wall Street, Spring Hill, Tennessee in Martin Bar-b-que’s new Spring Hill Station development near Dunkin Donuts across Main Street from Lowe’s and Walmart. Daily Dental Spring Hill will offer a comprehensive range of primary dental care services Monday – Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Open before work, after work and weekends, Daily Dental provides convenient dental care to meet the needs of people at times convenient to them. See www.daily.dental.