Two Scottsboro High School students were recently recognized for their art during the 31st celebration of Youth Art Month at the Huntsville Museum of Art. 

Senior Lydia Forkum and junior George Bravo are students of Angel Chaney.  Congressman Mo Brooks and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle presented awards for the Congressional Art Competition and the Visual Arts Achievement Program.

“The Youth Art Month 2018 Exhibition for Youth Art Month demonstrates the creativity and collaboration of the talented youth whose artwork emphasizes the quality arts in education programs in North Alabama,” said Laura E. Smith, director of Education/Museum Academy at the Huntsville Museum of Art.

Forkum was named a Blue Ribbon finalist for the Visual Arts Achievement Program.  Her entry was a sculpture entitled Kneel.  This program provides an opportunity for talented middle and high school students in Alabama to receive local and state recognition for their achievements in visual arts.  Her work will be exhibited in the Georgine Clarke Alabama Artists Gallery of the Alabama State Council on the Arts April 2-17.  A special awards and recognition ceremony is scheduled for April 27 in Montgomery.

Students from 18 North Alabama counties were invited to participate in this regional competition for District V.  A panel of three judges including art professors from Alabama A&M University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville along with an art educator juried 341 pieces of artwork.  A total of 17 pieces were selected to be Blue Ribbon finalists. 

Bravo earned an honorable mention in the Congressional Art Competition.  His entry was in photography and entitled Sanguine.  This competition is sponsored by members of the United States House of Representatives and is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in each congressional district.

The Huntsville Museum of Art serves as the host for Congressman Mo Brooks who represents District 5.  A total of 224 pieces of artwork were juried by a panel of three judges who are art professors at UAH and Alabama A&M University and an art educator.  The overall winner, a Brewer High School junior, will have her work displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.

  Youth Art Month is observed nationally each March to emphasize the value of art education for children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs.

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