January 20 - February 19, 2023
2023 Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards
Every year, the Brooks is honored to host what some artists have called the "championships for our young artists": the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards. The exhibition at the Brooks brings you the winning works in varied media by the Mid-South’s brightest and best student artists. Featuring more than 135 artworks by area public, private, and independently schooled youth, this visual celebration of their creativity is sure to inspire and give you hope for tomorrow.
Today’s Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards, staged and mounted at the Brooks Museum by League volunteers and the museum’s Education Department, is the most prestigious, competitive, and rewarding event of this type in the entire tri-state area. Each year, students in grades 7-12 submit more than 3,000 entries in a wide variety of categories, including painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture, graphic design, film, fashion, as well as senior art portfolios, which are reviewed by a panel of judges made up of regional artists, art educators, and other arts professionals.
Regional winners are eligible for scholarships from five regional colleges and universities as well as cash prizes totaling more than $8,000. Gold key-winning artwork is included in an exhibition at the Brooks, and all students who receive gold keys, silver keys, and honorable mention awards are invited to participate in an awards ceremony at the museum. Gold key-winning artwork goes on to compete on the national level for additional opportunities for recognition and scholarships.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Scholastic Art Awards! Download the list here
Artist + Curator
The 901 Black American Portraits Soundtrack
Listen to a soundtrack of Memphis music that exemplifies Black Love, Power, and Joy. The 901 Black American Portraits Soundtrack celebrates the vibrant legacy and future of Black musicians in the city of Memphis. This playlist was curated by Jared “Jay B” Boyd, a Memphis-based multimedia artist, journalist, DJ, and on-air personality.
MCA Exhibition Questionnaire
Help us generate the fullest picture possible of the MCA experience.
Submitting a questionnaire, which includes a request for an image of an artwork, is essential to be considered for part of the exhibition.
Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?
The American art theorist Linda Nochlin (1931-2017) posed this question as the title of a pioneering article in 1971. This essay was considered one of the first major works of Feminist art history, it has become a set text for those who study art internationally, and it is influential in many other fields.