Two talented young artists have been chosen to have their artwork professionally framed and displayed publicly in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center as part of the annual “Imagine Mecklenburg” Student Art Contest. Winners are Ava Whitt, Ardrey Kell High School, for “A Dog’s Eye View”; and Unique Patton, Vance High School, for “Successful Mistakes.”
The contest received remarkable submissions in media varying from pen and ink, painting and original photography. All schools were invited to participate. The contest accepted submissions from January through March. This year, artists were asked to respond to the theme: “What Does Success Look Like For You? “Success is when people can choose to see the world from a dog’s eye view, a world of endless love, no matter how you appear,” Whitt said.
“Success to me is taking your mistakes and not overlooking them but embracing the good that can come from them,” Patton said. “When we think of success, we tend to think of perfection, but we never look at the flaws in our plan that helps to reach our goal. My painting reflects what I see as success, which is finding aesthetic through the world’s negative connotation.”
The contest was founded in 2017, when Mecklenburg County teamed up with Generation Nation and CMS to provide an avenue for artist expression and to recognize the creative talents of local school students grade 9-12. The contest was a hit from the start.
“It was cool to do something with all the art I had been doing in school and showcase it outside of school in such a unique way,” said Peyton Watts, 2017 Art Contest winner.The winning artwork will be displayed on the 11th floor executive level of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center at 600 E.4th Street for the next year.
Contest winners and their families will be honored at the Generation Nation End of Year Celebration honoring Charlotte-Mecklenburg's young civic leaders.
Mecklenburg County would like to thank all the partners and sponsors who helped make this contest possible: Generation Nation, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Frame Warehouse on South Blvd., Biggs Camera, and Cheap Joe's Art Stuff.
“A Dog’s Eye View” Ava Whitt Ardrey Kell High School, Grade 9
“Successful Mistakes” Unique PattonVance High School, Grade 12
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