The Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) Visual Arts students recently received awards in the prestigious 2017-2018 Regional Scholastic Art Competition hosted by The Mississippi Museum of Art. The work of the talented young artists receiving Gold Keys will be on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson February 20th – March 25th, 2018 as part of the exhibition for the Scholastic Art Awards Competition.

The Mississippi Museum of Art hosts the Mississippi Regional Competition each year. Students from middle, junior high, and senior high schools from across the state participate in the competition. Thousands of entries in a wide variety of categories are judged by a panel of judges over a course of several days. Jurors look for works that exemplify the Awards’ core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision. Those works awarded American Visions and Gold Keys advance to the national competition.

2018 AMERICAN VISION NOMINEES – Only five students are chosen as nominees to represent Mississippi as American Visions Award winners on the national level. Lucie Cooper, an eleventh grade visual student, was nominated with her painting “Brianna in December.

These are the Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention Award recipients at Mississippi School of the Arts. Congratulations to all students for a job well done!

Ade’ola Ayedun (Visual 2018)

  • Gold – Painting – Put your pieces back together
  • Gold – Painting – Smile through the imperfections
  • Silver – Painting – In the eyes of me
  • Silver – Painting – Orange abstraction
  • Silver – Painting – popart portrait
  • Silver – Painting – Self Portrait
  • Honorable – Painting – Chocolate
  • Honorable – Painting – The red blues
  • Honorable – Painting – Morgan portrait
  • Honorable – Painting – My mother’s mother

Morgan Bailey (Visual 2018)

  • Honorable – Painting – Entertain Them
  • Honorable – Drawing and Illustration – Gross

Abigail Bankson (Dance 2018)

  • Honorable – Painting – Rainbow Child

Chrystian Butler (Visual 2018)

  • Gold – Painting – Death of Fear
  • Silver – Painting – Death of Fear II
  • Silver – Painting – (Fear of) FRIENDSHIP
  • Silver – Art Portfolio – FEAR
  • Honorable – Painting – Death of Fear III
  • Honorable – Painting – (fear of) The Shadow
  • Honorable – Painting – Self Portrait I
  • Honorable – Painting – iiii
  • Honorable – Painting – (fear of) WAR

Lucie Cooper (Visual 2019)

  • American Visions Nominee – Painting – Brianna in December
  • Gold – Mixed Media – Ginko and Kobe
  • Gold – Drawing and Illustration – Sunshine Devin
  • Gold – Drawing and Illustration – A Lotta Lotta Lonely
  • Gold – Painting – Brianna in December
  • Gold – Painting – Portrait of an Eclipse
  • Gold – Printmaking – Walker Smiles
  • Gold – Photography – Camari
  • Silver – Drawing and Illustration – Self Distortion
  • Silver – Painting – Addressed to Lucie
  • Honorable – Printmaking – Gazing Sisters
  • Honorable – Painting – Omar
  • Honorable – Drawing and Illustration – De’ in Day out

Tyler Ferrell (Visual 2018)

  • Gold – Drawing and Illustration – Madision
  • Gold – Painting – Gates
  • Gold – Photography – Davon
  • Silver – Painting – Muddy Boy
  • Silver – Art Portfolio – Many Faces
  • Silver – Painting – Lucy
  • Honorable – Comic Art – Phalo
  • Honorable – Comic Art – Red
  • Honorable – Drawing and Illustration – Pieces
  • Honorable – Painting – November
  • Honorable – Drawing and Illustration – Jill
  • Honorable – Painting – They Guys

Jacob Graves (Visual 2018)

  • Gold – Painting – SOMNIA (A Conversation(but not really))
  • Gold – Painting – Narcissus (Revisitation)
  • Silver – Art Portfolio – Bright, Shining Terrors
  • Silver – Painting – Bright, Shining Terrors
  • Honorable – Painting – The Unsubtle Knife
  • Honorable – Painting – BUT NOT REALLY (A Conversation(somnia))
  • Honorable – Painting – Cult of Personality (Sugar Pills)
  • Honorable – Painting – In contempt of the Genre
  • Honorable – Painting – Mariner’s Lullaby (Siren)
  • Honorable – Painting – Mariner’s Lullaby (Sailor)

Emma Ingram (Visual 2018)

  • Honorable – Painting – Eye Ball

Darion Jones (Visual 2019)

  • Silver – Drawing and Illustration – My Perspective
Abigail Jordon (Visual 2018)

  • Silver – Drawing and Illustration – Mississippi Flower
  • Honorable – Drawing and Illustration – Downtown Vibes
  • Honorable – Drawing and Illustration – Kin
  • Honorable – Painting – Childhood Phobia

Sophia Lubos (Visual 2018)

  • Honorable – Painting – Amphibious Plasma
  • Honorable – Painting – Toilet Paper

Brenna Malosh (Visual 2018)

  • Silver – Digital Art – Fabled Fruit

Jessica McDonald (Visual 2019)

  • Gold – Drawing and Illustation – deliberate reversals
  • Silver – Digital Art – Bule Eyed Girl
  • Honorable – Mixed Media – Golden Girls
  • Honorable – Drawing and Illustration – Connection
  • Honorable – Drawing and Illustration – Mo

Caroline Moran (Visual 2018)

  • Silver – Painting – Colorful Reflections
  • Honorable – Painting – Sun kissed
  • Honorable – Painting – self portrait
  • Honorable – Painting – Finding the Balance

Dusten Perry (Visual 2018)

  • Gold – Photography – FantaSea

Hailey Randolph (Visual 2018)

  • Gold – Painting – Calkoo and Mrend

Peyton Rose (Visual 2018)

  • Honorable – Drawing and Illustration – No Light, No Light

Morgan Sanford (Visual 2019)

  • Honorable – Digital Art – Eclipsed Meeting

Naya Simmons (Visual 2018)

  • Gold – Drawing and Illustration – Nu’n

Octavian Singleton (Visual 2018)

  • Gold – Painting – Water In My Eyes
  • Gold – Painting – Eli
  • Gold – Art Portfolio – My Treasure
  • Silver – Painting – Arryuana
  • Silver – Painting – Paralysis
  • Honorable – Painting – Lost Friend
  • Honorable – Painting – Uncle Man
  • Honorable – Painting – Summer
  • Honorable – Painting – Piper
  • Honorable – Painting – Limited
  • Honorable – Painting – Philosophy
  • Honorable – Drawing and Illustration – Ennui

Luke Townsend (Visual 2018)

  • Gold – Drawing and Illustration – ballboy
  • Silver – Painting – self portrait in abstract

Elizabeth Wynne (2019)

  • Gold – Drawing and Illustration – Girl
  • Gold – Drawing and Illustration – Geode
  • Gold – Painting – Pillar of Salt
  • Gold – Painting – Summer Remains
  • Silver – Painting – Life Force



Now we rise, we fly, we shine.