Top student artwork featured in the Gaston County Museum art exhibit

Over a hundred works of art created by young artists from Gaston County are now on display on the Gaston County Museum website.

Through the Eyes of an Artist, the museum’s annual art exhibit, in partnership with Gaston County Schools, was recently posted on the museum’s website, where it will be on display until May 28. The exhibition features works created by elementary, high school and high school students attending public schools in Gaston County.

Submission categories include painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, comics, ceramics, digital art, color drawing, mixed media, fiber arts, crafts and drawing in black and white.

Shayla Philpot's digital artwork submission won second place in the high school division of the Gaston County Museum's Through An Artist's Eyes art exhibit.  Philpot is in the ninth grade at the Highland School of Technology.

The judges awarded first, second, third and honorable mention prizes. Best of Show and a Director’s Choice are awarded to a junior and high school student. High school student with promise and excellence wins James C. Biggers Award.

Works of art by elementary school students are not judged.

Visit to view the artwork.


High school:

  • First Place and Best of Show – “Everyday” by Molly Matthews, Grade 12 at Stuart W. Cramer High
  • Second Place – Untitled Digital Art by Shayla Philpot, Grade 9 Highland School of Technology
  • Third Place – “Sun and Moon” by Allison Fogg, ninth grade at Hunter Huss High
  • Honorable Mention – “Black Lives Matter” by Talya Hunn, Grade 12 at Hunter Huss High
  • Director’s Choice – “Basketball Basquiat” by Drake Lytton, Grade 10 at Cherryville High
  • James C. Bigger Award – “Woman” by Maria Casanova, Grade 11

Middle school:

  • First Place and Best of Show – “In My Dreams” by Camilla Bonilla, seventh year at Southwest Middle
  • Second Place – “Riley” by Janie Neagle, eighth grade at Belmont Middle
  • Third Place – “Gotokuji Temple” by Giana Calantropio, eighth grade at Cramerton Middle
  • Honorable Mention – “My Favorite Breakfast” by Tabitha Aylsworth, eighth grade at Cramerton Middle
  • Director’s Choice – “Starry Starry Night” by Kaylee Rojas, Seventh Year at Grier Middle

You can reach reporter Gavin Stewart at 704-869-1819 or on Twitter @GavinGazette.

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