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    Memphis International Airport to announce high school art, photography contest winners
    Thursday, May 7, 2015

    MEMPHIS, TN – As part of its 8th annual High School Visual Arts Competition, Memphis International Airport (MEM) will host an art exhibition and announce the winners of its art and photography contests on Thursday, May 7, from 7-9 p.m. The event will take place in the B Ticketing Lobby and all participating students and their families are invited to attend. This event is also open to the public.

    The exhibition is part of the airport’s ‘”Arts in the Airport” program. This year, MEM is combining the photography and painting elements of the contest. All Shelby County public high schools were invited to participate. The airport received 249 paintings and 40 photography submissions from more than 20 different schools. Of these, 45 painting finalists were chosen to have their work displayed in the airport. All photography entries will also be displayed throughout the terminal at various locations.

    The top six entries in each category will earn cash and prizes from $50 to $400. The top three entries will be announced at the conclusion of Thursday evening’s event. Winners are selected by a panel of judges that includes local artists and representatives from the Memphis College of Art and The Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

    “We are pleased to participate in this event again this year,” said Annette Moore, Dean of Admissions for the Memphis College of Art. “The Memphis area has an abundance of talented young visual artists and it’s wonderful that they have an opportunity to both showcase their work and celebrate Memphis.”

    “We want the airport to be a reflection of our community,” said Scott Brockman, President and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. “‘Arts in the Airport’ is our way of showcasing local high school artists and musicians; and it helps to give the airport a genuine Memphis atmosphere.”

    Students are provided art supplies by the airport’s community foundation for the contest, and the finalists’ pieces are displayed throughout the airport for one year. These pieces are available for purchase to the public, and all proceeds go to the student artist. Some airport retailers may also sell items that feature students’ artwork, with funds from those sales going to help purchase art supplies for the contest.

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