Arts in Education

Student Arts Expo


March is Arts in Education Month at the Creative Arts Guild and the Guild’s 58th Annual Student Arts Expo is a big part of the celebration. All public, private, and home school students in Dalton/Whitfield County and Murray County are invited to exhibit. Student Arts Expo 2021 will be a hybrid exhibit this year with both virtual and in person components.


Student Arts Expo Individual Student Exhibit: Grades PreK – 12

As in the past, each student participating will have their artwork exhibited by grade level. This year the exhibits will be virtual and posted on the Creative Arts Guild website for students and their family and friends to enjoy safely. The Virtual Exhibit will be available online until 2022.


Art Together Collaborative Classroom Project Pre-K – 12

The Bernice Spigel Prize in the Visual Arts Recepient 

Congratulations to our 2021 Student Arts Expo Winners!


Sliding In The Snow – Kolton Penney – Westwood
Untitled – Leonardo Fraire – Park Creek
Giraffe – Kenley Smith – Roan 

Untitled – Haiqa Cantrell – Park Creek
Into The Sky – Bryson Gabeheart – New Hope Elementary School
Martin – Mason Welch Stringfield – Varnell  

1st Grade 
Untitled – Mattox Legg – Varnell 
Mooooove Over – Cooper Postelle – New Hope
Pop Art Color Monsters – Chelsea Yanez – Roan 

2nd Grade 
China – Valerie Fraire – City Park
Value Pumpkin - Sofia Yanez - Roan
Robots Are Fun – Arden Brown – Brookwood 

3rd Grade 
Arcimboldo Self-Portrait – Landon Lewis – Westwood
Independence Hall – Avery Chastain – Varnell
Colors of Fall – Momoka Nagaike – Brookwood 

4th Grade 
Face of Arcimboldo – Aaron Rodriquez – Brookwood
Leaves in Water – Brisa Moreno – Roan
Apples – Sienna Haugen – Brookwood 

5th Grade
Untitled – Monica Tirana – Cedar Ridge
Marbles – Yamilet Hernandez – Roan
Beautiful Bird – Ashley Torres – Park Creek 


6th Grade
Cupcakes on Yellow – Zoe Mitchell – New Hope Middle
Bulb Landscape – Daniela Cortez – New Hope Middle
Untitled – Xena Raymond – Westside Middle 

7th Grade
Untitled – Madeline Hudson – Westside Middle
Snowy Trees – Alen Mendoza – New Hope Middle
Untitled – Paisley Chander – Westside Middle 

8th Grade
Jump – Brice H. – Valley Point Middle
Untitled – Dallas Powell – Westside Middle
FRY – Kallie Smith – Valley Point Middle 


9th Grade
Red Blood – Janet Hernandez – Dalton High School
Gallery – Estefani Morales – North Murray High School
Untitled – Josselyn Valazequez – Dalton High School 

10th Grade 
Untitled – Teresa Nguyen – Dalton High School
Dreams – Isabella Lee – Dalton High School
All of Me – Miguel Reyes – Southeast High School 

11th Grade 
West Hill Cemetery – Joy Verhoeff – Dalton High School
Inner Child - Belissa Borrego – Dalton High School
Fungi – Jacob Bridges – North Murray High School 

12th Grade 
Portrait of Ethan Nestor – Autumn Harless – Dalton High School
Landscape – Megan Suttles – North Murray High School
Untitled – Alberto Lopez – Murray County High School 


Bernice Spigel Prize for Excellence in the Visual Arts:
Cason Glover, North Murray High School


ART TOGETHER Collaborative Art Project Winners

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade: New Hope Elementary School

3rd - 5th Grade: Brookwood Elementary School 

6th - 8th Grade: Dalton Middle School


Hiraeth: an earnest longing or nostalgia

Choreographed by Ballet Dalton Master Tier Dancers:

Alyssa Bennett, Finley Bonanno, Emma Hackney, Lyndi Jensen, Adia Rann, Violet Pasqua, and Melanie Walker

Song: "Cinnamon" by Jome

General Guidelines:

Pre-K - Grade 5:
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 8 1⁄2” 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

Grade 6-8:
Each school may send work equal to 10% 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 8 1⁄2” 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 32 entries - 8 per grade level. One work 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 public 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: Tuesday, February 4
All Other Spigel Prize Dates Are Listed On Guidelines Sheets
Upload Images for Virtual Exhibit All Grades No later than Friday, February 26, 4:00 pm
Install Art Together Collaborative Art  Tuesday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 3
Exhibit Dates

Friday, March 5 – Friday, March 19, 2021
Mondays 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm,
Tuesdays – Thursdays 10:00 am – 7:00 pm,
Fridays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Gallery Opening & Reception Friday, March 5, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Collaborative Art Pick Up

Tuesday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 24
All Work Must Be Picked Up By Wednesday, March 24 at 5 pm

Teachers, please download the files you need:

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

Bernice Spigel Prize Application use this for Bernice Spigel Prize in the Visual Arts enteries.