The Knoxville Museum of Art and the Tennessee Art Education Association present the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition now through Sunday, January 10, 2021. Now in its 15th year, the exhibition offers middle and high school students from around East Tennessee the opportunity to participate in a juried exhibition and to display their talents and be honored for their accomplishments in a professional art museum environment.  This event is made possible by the generosity of presenting sponsor Regal Entertainment Group with additional sponsorship from The KMA Guild, Pharma Packaging Solutions, Home Federal Bank, Ann and Steve Bailey, Sarah Stowers, Sandi Burdick & Tom Boyd, and the Rotary Club of Knoxville.

The East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition is open to students in grades 6-12 attending public, private, or home schools in 32 counties across East Tennessee. Approximately 311 works of the more than 530 entries in this highly competitive show made it through a rigorous jury process. The best-in-show winner will receive a purchase award of $500, and the artwork will become a permanent part of the collection of Mr. James Dodson, on loan to the Knoxville Museum of Art's Education Collection.  

Since 2005, the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition has presented the work of nearly 4,000 students who have competed for a total of $7 million in scholarships made available to eligible juniors and seniors by colleges and universities from around the nation.

The “best of” winners for 2020:
Best in Show, 
Lily Asbury, 11th GradeThe Days We'll Look Back On and Smile, acrylic paintCocke County High SchoolMyra Amason, Art Teacher
Best in Ceramic, Avery Flatford, 11th GradeMr. Tentaclesclay raku fired, Farragut High School, Wendie Love, Art Teacher
Best in Computer Graphics, Kendall Livingston, 10th Grade, Under rated, print, Maryville High School, Dr. Jeanie Parker, Art Teacher
Best in Drawing, Imelia Markus-Brock, 9th GradeEye SpycharcoalOak Ridge High SchoolGisela Schrock, Art Teacher
Best in Mixed Media, Rainee Mitchell, 10th GradeBeautiful Mindcardboard, glue, ink, magazine, paintOak Ridge High SchoolJoseph Moseley, Art Teacher
Best In Painting, Aurora Baez, 8th Grade, Orchids, acrylic paint, Bearden Middle School, Kimberly Bishop, Art Teacher
Best Photography, Kayleigh Brownlee, 8th GradeMy Creation in the Leaveschromebook and origamiBearden Middle SchoolKimberly Bishop, Art Teacher
Best in Printmaking, Tristan Howard, 7th GradeAtlantic Puffinlinoleum block printThe McCallie SchoolSuzanne Mortimer, Art Teacher
Best in Sculpture, Brian Barbo, 12th GradeIngrainwood, metal and found objectsHardin Valley AcademyBenjamin Eng, Art Teacher
Best in Show-Middle School, Bella Zigrossi, 8th GradeCarnivalwool roving picks on styrofoam formSaint Joseph SchoolGae Sharp, Art Teacher
Best in Video Production, Lewis Walton, 12th GradeLOVEvideo productionWest High SchoolKat Furnari, Art Teacher

KMA Best of Show 2020 Student Exhibition
Best in Show, Lily Asbury, 11th GradeThe Days We'll Look Back On and Smile, acrylic paintCocke County High SchoolMyra Amason, Art Teacher

(All “best of” images can be found at

The Knoxville Museum of Art
The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public on a limited schedule Wednesday through Sunday 1–5pm. Admission and parking are free. Reservations are recommended by going to

For more information about this exhibition, contact Rosalind Martin at or 865.523.6349. Or visit


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Knoxville Museum of Art
1050 World’s Fair Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37916