Top Student Art Featured in Gaston County Museum Art Exhibit

Over one hundred works of art created by young Gaston County artists are now displayed 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 to the museum’s website, where it will be displayed through May 28. The exhibit features work created by elementary, middle and high school students who attend Gaston County Public Schools.

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 ninth grade at the Highland School of Technology.

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

Elementary students’ artwork is not judged.

Visit to see the work.


High school:

  • First Place and Best of Show – “Everyday” by Molly Matthews, 12th grade at Stuart W. Cramer High
  • Second Place – Untitled Digital Art by Shayla Philpot, ninth grader at 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, 10th grade 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 year at Belmont Middle
  • Third Place – “Gotokuji Temple” by Giana Calantropio, year eight at Cramerton Middle
  • Honorable Mention – “My Favorite Breakfast” by Tabitha Aylsworth, Year Eight 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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