Art practice leads to Carnegie Hall

By Mack Spencer

Daily Journal

RIPLEY – High school art student Andrea Kelley Morgan is making her way to Carnegie Hall.

Morgan, who graduated Friday fromRipley High School, is receiving national attention for her print titled “Aged.”

“Only 500 individual works of art receive awards on the national level,” said art teacher Barbara Eaton. Morgan “will be recognized along with the other national award recepients from across America, Canada, and U.S.-sponsored schools abroad.”

A Silver Award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2005 earned Morgan a trip to New York on Thursday to attend the awards ceremony.

In the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards 2005 in Memphis, an annual juried student art exhibition presented by the Brooks Museum of Art, “Aged” was awarded a Gold Key and the American Vision Award. Only five American Vision Awards were given in a field of 2,300 entries.

Kasie Roberson, with her sculpture, “Nefferrtiti,” won a Gold Key. Gold Key winners represent the highest level of achievement on the regional level and are forwarded to New York for national competition.

The Mid-South competition honors exemplary art by students in grades 7-12 from northeastern Arkansas, western Tennessee, and North Mississippi, recognizing their outstanding acievements in a competitive annual exhibition with cash prizes and college scholarships.

At the national level, about 15,000 works of art are accepted for national judging as Gold Key national qualifiers, from a field of 200,000 art works.

Morgan and her parents, Johnny and Brenda Morgan, and Eaton will attend the National Awards Celebration on Thursday. In recognition of Morgan's accomplishments, the South Tippah School District is sponsoring the trip for Morgan and Eaton.