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BAM Inspired 9 Features Exhibition Including Area High School Students


JONESBORO – Bradbury Art Museum (BAM) at Arkansas State University will open an exhibition featuring local high school students on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 5 until 6:30 p.m.

“Inspired” is an annual, competitive exhibition offered to regional high school students.

Students highlighted at the event have created artwork in response to what they saw during a visit to BAM.

“Students virtually submitted their work and artist statements for consideration by a juror. Through this exhibition, participants get to see the work of contemporary artists and are given an early glimpse into the process of exhibiting their own art in a professional setting,” said Madeline McMahan, museum curator and educator.

This year, students were inspired by two exhibitions showcased at BAM earlier this fall. “Sweet Dreams,” an exhibition featuring fantasy and surreal contemporary artwork, as well as “Memento-Mori,” a solo exhibition of sculpture by artist Michael Warrick served as inspiration. 

The juror for “Inspired 9” is Lana Stephens, a professional artist and educator whose work was included in “Sweet Dreams.”

“I hope the audience enjoys the exhibition as much as I enjoyed looking at the images and selecting the works for display. I was deeply moved by some of the work as well as visually stunned by the beauty of others,” said Stephens.

Stephens works out of the Seattle area and has been exhibiting her work for nine years. From a record number of submissions from 10 regional schools, she selected the works included in this exhibition.

BAM will present several awards and display them on tags next to the awarded works. Included in the exhibition are 65 works by students from 10 area high schools:

Academies at Jonesboro High School

  • Denise Davis, 10th
  • Mackenzie Hicks, 11th
  • Hayden Hobbs, 12th
  • Sophie Jackson, 11th
  • Haven Joplin, 11th
  • Abigail Leggett, 12th
  • Erica McDuffy, 11th
  • Nicholas Moore, 12th
  • Ma’kya Reynolds, 10th
  • Blane Smith, 10th
  • Savannah Stanton, 11th
  • Isabella Stokes, 11th
  • Vanessa Toney, 11th
  • Kaitlyn Wright, 12th

Bay High School

  • Anna Beavers, 12th
  • Gabriella Hillis, 12th
  • Leslie Lara, 12th
  • Madison Lawrence, 11th
  • Savannah Oldman, 12th
  • Morgan Sparks, 9th
  • McKenzie Walsh, 11th
  • Madeylin York, 9th

Blytheville High School

  • Tori Stewart, 9th

Brookland High School

  • Allison Griffin, 12th
  • Sophia Prater, 11th

Corning High School

  • Aleena Bollinger, 12th
  • Briseyda Castro, 12th
  • Kayleigh Drum, 11th
  • Ava Goodman, 12th
  • Kylee Skidmore, 11th
  • Katie Zimmer, 12th

Harrisburg High School

  • Erick Banuelos, 11th
  • Nellie Bibiano, 11th
  • Callie Caldwell, 12th
  • Jessie Dale, 10th
  • Jaymon Donahue, 10th
  • Eve Elrod, 12th
  • Nadia Farmer, 12th
  • Katee Futrelle, 12th
  • Ashlynn Hamilton, 11th
  • Maggie Hogue, 12th
  • Allie Henley, 12th
  • Alaina Hunter, 12th
  • Jace Sutton, 11th
  • Abbie Williams, 11th

Highland High School

  • Journey Aronoff, 11th
  • Marie Braun, 10th
  • Annabelle Burton, 11th
  • Josie Everett, 12th
  • Jazmyn Jett, 12th
  • Kayla Sue Pickle, 12th
  • Keira Sappenfield, 11th
  • Leila Seagraves, 12th
  • Coley Rogers, 10th
  • Betty Williams, 11th

Marked Tree High School

  • Brayden Ivy, 9th
  • Lillian Simpson, 9th

Paragould High School

  • Derik Bland, 11th
  • Savannah Ullman, 12th

Valley View High School

  • Lauren Box, 12th
  • Adam Edwards, 12th
  • Kathryn Holmes, 11th
  • Yinuo Huang, 12th
  • Jacob King, 11th
  • Kyra Reece, 11th

Also on view will be a series of drawings by Stephens, as previously seen in “Sweet Dreams."

Admission to the museum is free. The exhibition will continue through Tuesday, Dec. 19. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For additional information about the exhibition, one may email visitBAM@AState.edu or call 870-972-3765.


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