Belmont’s 8th Annual Middle Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition Showcases Works by Young Talents

Through March 18 the art department at Belmont University proudly presents the works of 190 budding artists from grades 6–12 across the region for the Middle Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition. The artists apply from public, private, and home-school backgrounds, and their submitted works are juried by a group which varies year to year in the categories of painting, sculpture, computer graphics, drawing, photography, ceramics, printmaking, mixed media, and video production.

Katie Boatman, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions at Belmont who facilitated this year’s competition, says they “reach out to art teachers in Middle Tennessee through email, and the prospectus is posted online through the TAEA website ( Flyers are distributed directly to teachers at the TAEA state conference.” The teachers in turn encourage their students’ active participation, with a limit of 25 students entered per teacher.

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AnMei Little, Sorrow, Mixed media ; Teacher: Andy King ; School: Pope John Paul II

Students entering compete for scholarship monies in each category, with all best in category winners exhibiting at Belmont over the summer with East and West Tennessee regional winners.

The jurors this year included Christine Rogers (Belmont University), James Dodson (East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition Coordinator), Matthew Higdon (Belmont University student), Lauren Cochran (OZ Arts Nashville), and Megan Hardgrave (Watkins College of Art, Design & Film), with Boatman and Dr. Justin Makemson facilitating the jurying process.

“The show includes works in a variety of media taking over the Leu Center for the Visual Arts’ Gallery 121 and lobby area,” says Boatman. “The exhibit was originally held in Dickson at the Renaissance Center. Last year, Belmont University had the fortunate opportunity to take over its care, and it has since been incorporated into Gallery 121’s annual schedule.”

At a reception on February 25 at Leu Gallery, awards went to students Rachel Weaver (USN), Kathleen Collins (St. Cecilia), Sophia Lauer (Brentwood Academy), Ella Roche (Pope John Paul II), and Huy Nyugen (Hillwood High). AnMei Little (Pope John Paul II) took Best of Show. Their works and many more can be seen at this remarkable show, now open at Belmont. Come see budding artists begin their careers and help support community talent.

The prospectus for teachers is posted online at the TAEA website ( Any art educators interested in future participation may contact Katie Boatman, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, at for details.




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