The Protégé Juried Student Competition and Exhibition, which featured works by high school students from Central Georgia, celebrated its tenth year as it returned to the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Working with local school systems, students entered work in the Competition, which was judged by an expert artist. Their work was celebrated with an Exhibition in one of the Museum’s galleries and recognized with a Reception and Awards Presentation.
Students submitted works that covered a broad range of media, including drawings, paintings, collage, photos and sculpture, and this year a new element was added to the Competition. Students were asked to interpret a literary work or character in a two- or three-dimensional piece of artwork. They also had to prepare a written presentation of their project, which was shared in part as part of the Exhibition.
Protégé 2013 was judged by celebrated artist and Macon native Charles Ladson, who reviewed all submissions by the 26 students accepted into the Competition and selected 30 pieces that are now featured in the Exhibition at the Museum. Ladson stated, “The selected work for this exhibition was decided upon with much deliberation. Each work was given careful consideration and there were a great many submissions. All were worthy of inclusion but these were exemplary; demonstrating a mastery of a wide range of media, design and conceptual integrity…”
The Protégé 2013 Juried Student Competition and Exhibition began with an Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 2, when the winners were announced. They are as follows.
- First Place: “The Masque of the Red Death” (drawing and painting with collage) by Angel Hart, Rutland High School, who was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death.
- Second Place: “Lady Modesty” (Raku sculpture) by Elizabeth McWilliams , Jasper County High School, who was inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
- Third Place: “My Way of Travel” (drawing and painting) by Zederick Calloway, Rutland High School, who was inspired by James and the Giant Peach.
- Honorable Mention: “Butterfly Effect” (drawing and painting) by Tyler Ragin, Rutland High School, who was inspired by The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
Protégé 2013 was on display at the Museum of Arts and Sciences through April 28, 2013. Photos of the Opening Reception and artwork in the Museum gallery follow:
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[img alt="" src="http://www.masmacon.org/_cms/wp-content/flagallery/protege-2013/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0047_575x550.jpg"]First Place Winner Angel Hart
"The Masque of the Red Death." drawing and painting with collage by Angel Hart (Rutland High School). Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death. Angel stated, "... an unknown guest who represents disease is noticed by the guests. They all slowly back away from him into the red room... Coffee was my main medium... Also, by using light, dark, thin, and thick strokes of a Sharpie, I gave more values to the clothing and the collaged skull. ..."[img alt="" src="http://www.masmacon.org/_cms/wp-content/flagallery/protege-2013/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0047_dscf2574_300x550.jpg"]Second Place Winner Elizabeth McWilliams
"Lady Modesty," Raku sculpture by Elizabeth McWilliams (Jasper Co. HS). Inspired by "Ovid's Metamorphoses." Elizabeth stated, "I was most intrigued by Medusa..."[img alt="" src="http://www.masmacon.org/_cms/wp-content/flagallery/protege-2013/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0048_640x428.jpg"]Third Place Winner Zederick Calloway
"The Way of Travel," drawing and painting by Zederick Calloway (Rutland High School). Inspired by "James and the Giant Peach." Zederick stated, "This is a story about a young boy going on a fantastical voyage in a large peach. It is outlandish, and so is my visual interpretation. I used over-the-top color, both warm and cool, and tried to illustrate as much of the feeling I got from the book as I could.”[img alt="" src="http://www.masmacon.org/_cms/wp-content/flagallery/protege-2013/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0055_640x428.jpg"]
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