Monthaven Mansion, Through April 22
by Ara Vito
The art scene is thriving in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and what better way to celebrate this community than by showcasing the talents of promising young artists? On March 22, the 40th Annual Best of Sumner County Student Art Show opens at the historic Monthaven Mansion, featuring the art of middle- and high-schoolers from thirteen schools across Sumner County. Up to ten students from each school will have the opportunity to enter and participate in this beloved local tradition.
The event originated when the Hendersonville Arts Council was chartered in 1975 with the mission of promoting artistic diversity and accessibility. Thanks to the Arts Council, as well as the art teachers in Sumner County, this exhibit will enable the students to be recognized for their abilities and to gain professional insight. As art programs throughout the country are currently being cut from schools, it is encouraging to witness the rallying support from the people of Hendersonville and its surrounding areas.
Daniel Titcomb, Executive Director of the Hendersonville Arts Council, is especially excited about what this exhibit means for the students. “Rewarding their hard work with awards donated by the art and business community is my favorite part because it reinforces to the students that hard work does not go unrecognized,” he says. “I also love the level of surprise, shock, and engagement from visitors touring the house, or attending a special event, and I tell them the art is all from high school and middle school students. Everyone is very impressed with the level of talent here in Sumner County.”
The exhibition will be judged by Paul Polycarpou, editor of Nashville Arts Magazine. He will be giving a talk at Monthaven Mansion at 2 p.m. on April 3, in which he will discuss the visual arts scene in Middle Tennessee and offer industry-focused advice to the young artists. The awards ceremony and reception will be held on April 10, with refreshments provided by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and art prizes provided by PlazaArt.com. Cash awards will be given to Best in Show, the art department that wins Best in Show, and the first-place winners of each category.
The Student Art Show runs until April 22 and is free and open to the public. For more information about the exhibit and museum hours, visit www.hendersonvillearts.org.