Photo L-R: Nisa (Milo) Gildea and Taylor Herron. Both junior visual art students pose with their national winning art pieces.

Two junior visual art students at the Mississippi School of the Arts received Gold Medal awards in the National Scholastic Art & Writing competition. Nisa (Milo) Gildea, a visual arts student from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, received a National Gold Medal for work “Lil’ Portrait Guy.” Taylor Herron, a visual arts student from Madison, Mississippi, received a National Gold Medal, as well as the National New York Life Award, and Mississippi State New York Life Award, for her piece “Overload.”

Both students will be recognized at the National Awards Ceremony to be held this summer in New York City.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Awards give students opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. In 2021, students across America entered nearly 230,000 original works in 28 different categories of art and writing.

The Visual Arts discipline program is one of six fine art programs at Mississippi School of the Arts. Talented students from all over Mississippi receive advanced instruction in the arts, taking what they’ve learned from the residential high school to colleges and universities across the country.

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