Arts in Education

Student Arts Expo

Student Arts Expo 2018:

March is Arts in Education Month at the Creative Arts Guild and the 55th annual Student Arts Expo is a big part of the celebration.  All public, private, and home school students in Whitfield, Dalton and Murray County are invited to exhibit their art. Attached you will find information regarding Student Arts Expo 2018. All Pre-K through 12th-grade exhibitions will be on display March 2nd - March 23rd to allow time for families and friends to see the student artwork. Elementary and Middle Schools will exhibit in Jonas Hall and High School students will be on display in Gallery Five20.

Student Arts EXPO 2018 student art exhibitions will be open to the public at the Creative Arts Guild, Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Please call the Guild to schedule field trips, 706-279-3129.

Student Artists Awards will be posted during the Friday Artist Reception March 2nd, 5:30 – 7:00.

Congratulations to our 2018 Winners



1st: Winter Birch Trees — Eylin Izaguirre Gomez — Blue Ridge — Summey

2nd: Me and My Dad — Byrklee Cargal — Murray County Pre-K — Kelly Jackson

3rd: Playing at the Ocean — Makynlie Leatherwood — Murray County Pre-K — McCurdy




1st: Apples — Elinor Frye — Brookwood — Mahan
2nd: George Washington — Bo Chakales — Varnell — Trew

3rd: Eagle — Talon Bonds — Cedar Ridge — McClure


1st Grade

1st: Sunflowers —  Elize Mendez — Brookwood — Mahan

2nd: “Thiebaud” Gumball Machine — Lillie Rodriguez — Westwood – Walker

3rd:  Five Nesting Dolls — Zayetzy  Dominguez – Blue Ridge — Summey

HM: Robot — Charlotte Bramlett — Brookwood — Mahan


2nd Grade

1st: Sunset — Caris Drobnick — Homeschool

2nd: Pretty in Purple — Ashley Torres — Park Creek — Dean

3rd: Pink Owl — Ayano Nagaike  — Brookwood — Mahan


3rd Grade

1st: Monochromatic Instrument — Osiris Colindres – Roan —Stevens

2nd: Apple Basket — Sara Velasquez — Brookwood — Mahan

3rd: Autumn Tree — Camilla Pena — Roan — Stevens 

HM: Swan — Kimberly Esteban — City Park — Damasch


4th Grade: 

1st: The Cat in The Hat — Landyn Vali — Pleasant Grove Elementary — Jackson 

2nd: Cubist Face — Emma Sucher — Varnell — Hammontree

3rd: Van Gogh’s Love — Itzel  Ramirez — Park Creek — Dean


5th Grade

1st: Texture Photography — Emma Gentry — Roan — Stevens

2nd: Felted Apples — Amani Momin — Brookwood — Mahan

3rd: Acrylic Jellyfish — Ada Arevalo — Roan — Stevens

HM: Harlem Couple — Alejandro Torres — Blue Ridge School — Summer

HM: Cleopatra Study in Gold — Georgia Lee Hegwood — Homeschool —Babb


6th Grade:

1st: In a Bottle — Gabriel Bitts — Homeschool — Babb
2nd: Bokeh Landscape — Juanita Vengas — Dalton Middle — Sanford

3rd: Pine Forrest — Juanita Vengas — Dalton Middle — Sanford


7th Grade:

1st: Brugge – Nora Miranda — Valley Point Middle — Burdette

2nd: Soccer — Osvaldo Maldonado — Dalton Middle — Sane

3rd: Untitled — Audrey Merryman — Dalton Middle — Sane


8th Grade: 

1st: On The Hunt — Juan Garnica — Valley Point Middle — Burdette

2nd: Self-Portrait Escher Style — Ashley Mezza — Valley Point — Burdette

3rd: Ballerina — Mia Carvajal — Dalton Middle — Sane


9th Grade:

1st: “Bee” You — Shelby Garlock — Cohulla Creek — Norton 

2nd: The Chase — Ansley Patterson — Northwest — Greer

3rd: Exotic — Kaitlyn Nix — North Murray — Sitton


10th Grade:

1st: Dance of Nature’s Elegance — Caleb Faulkner — Murray County — Adams

2nd: Girl Drinking Fanta — Emily Jaimes — Murray County — Adams

3rd: Serpent Vase — Jimena Lopez Florez — Dalton High — Lambert


11th Grade:

1st: Life — Michael Zilbert — Southeast — Harvey

2nd: Big Appetite — Diana Almazan — Coahulla Creek — Norton

3rd: A Long Drag — Natalia Gonzalez — Dalton High — Ledford


12th Grade: 

1st: Sunflower — Makenzie Mitchell — Northwest — Greer

2nd: Meditation — Courtney Hay — Southeast — Harvey

3rd: Harry Potter — Ricardo Briceno — Dalton — Ledford

HM: Wonders — Diana Cornejo —Dalton — Ledford

HM: Mother & Kit — Kaitlyn Hong — North Murray — Sitton

HM: Sketchbook — Rhys Mahan — Dalton

HM Color Study in Hair — Morgan Young — Dalton — Ledford


Art Together:

Pk - 2nd: Chinese Dragon — Westwood — Walker

3 - 5th: High “Tie” to Recycle — Brookwood — Mahan

Middle: Picasso’s Super Hero City — Dalton Middle — Sane

High School: Group Weaving — Dalton High — Lambert


General Guidelines:

Pre-K - Grade 8:
Each school may send work equal to 5% of their student population or two pieces per grade level - whichever is greater. One work per student.

All two-dimensional artworks must be mounted on construction paper no smaller than 81⁄2” x 11” and no larger than 20” x 24”. We have a limited number of tables available for three-dimensional artworks. All entries must have an identification tag which corresponds to the school’s inventory list

Grades 9-12:
Each school may enter work equal to 5% of their student school enrollment or max of 20 entries - 5 per grade level, one per student.

All two-dimensional artworks must be securely mounted on mat board and must be able to be installed by push pins or an easel must be provided by the school. Framed artwork must be wired for hanging. Please contact the Guild regarding oversized artwork parameters, 706-279-3129. 

Teachers for grades Pre-K – 8 are responsible for hanging their own work. Guild staff will install high school work, while the Spigel winner is responsible for installing their exhibit. In order to preserve our walls please bring work that can be secured with push pins (supplied by the Guild). Framed pieces should be displayed on easels or be appropriately wired for hanging. The Guild has a limited number of easels, if your students need an easel for display please plan to provide your own. All artwork must be tagged and listed on the inventory sheet

Inventory Forms:
Please have the identification tags and inventory sheet(s) completed prior to bringing artwork to the Creative Arts Guild.

Inventory sheets must be provided for each school by grade level, including ART TOGETHER entries.

First, second, third and honorable mention place ribbons will be awarded for each grade level. Awards are made based on the student’s ability to use the materials, an understanding of art history or the student’s place in his/her world and innovative individual expression. At least one judge from outside the local education arena will make the selections. 

Art Together Collaborative Classroom Competition Guidelines:

The Creative Arts Guild and the O.N. Jonas Foundation sponsor an art competition for collaborative classroom projects. The winning classroom in each division will receive a $100 cash award to be used for an artist in residence fee, art supplies or other classroom art activity resources during the school year.

Each school may submit up to one entry per classroom.

Grades Pre-K - 2
Grades 3 - 5
Grades 6 - 8
Grades 9 -12

All artwork is displayed as part of Student Arts EXPO. Please ensure that the artwork and subject matter are appropriate for children pre-school age and up. Entries may be two or three-dimensional. All entries must include the appropriate hanging material. Entries must be labeled with the students’ names, school, grade level and teacher’s name. Each school is responsible for delivery, installation, and pick-up of entries at the Creative Arts Guild in accordance with the timeline included in the regular art exhibit. Each winning classroom in the above categories will receive a $100 award.

Important Dates:

Spigel Prize In The Visual Arts Senior Portfolios Due For Judging: Monday, February 5th
All Other Spigel Prize Dates Are Listed On Guidelines Sheets
Installation — All Grades Monday, February 26th — Wednesday, February 28th
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Exhibit Dates Friday, March 2nd — Friday, March 23rd
Monday — Thurday, 10:00 am — 6:00 pm
Friday, 10:00 am — 4:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 — 12:00 pm
First Friday Reception Friday, March 2nd, 5:30 — 7:00 pm
Art Pick Up Monday - Tuesday, March 26th - 27th
All work MUST be picked up by Tuesday, March 27th by 5:00 pm

Teachers, please download the files you need:

General Student Art Inventory Form — use this for individual and collaborative submissions.

Student Tags for Artwork — labels to identify each student's work.

Parent Letter — send this letter to the parent of each participating student.

Spigel Art Inventory Form — use this for any Spigel Scholarship entries.

Download All Files