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Four SMHS students win Volkswagen art contest

Signal Mountain High School is among seven area middle and high schools to participate in an art contest sponsored by Volkswagen of Chattanooga titled “Seeing Chattanooga through the Eyes of Your Volkswagen.”

“There are some really good pieces of art out there,” said Karla Riddle, director of innovative programs for Hamilton County Department of Education. “It brings up lots of interesting conversation.”

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Artwork by four Signal Mountain High School students was selected by a panel of judges for purchase by Volkswagen of Chattanooga, which now displays the works in the VW Academy conference center. From left are SMHS student Brandon Clausen, art teacher Allison Mulloy and students Melanie Weldon, Catherine Cairns and Abigail Hanson.

SMHS art teacher Allison Mulloy said a panel of judges selected 23 winners out of 400 submissions. The panel included Art Creations owner Tony Mines, Mark Bradley-Shoup of the Association of Visual Arts and Chattanooga artist Brett Sanders.

The paintings, photos, digital and multimedia images were purchased by Volkswagen and are now displayed in the VW Academy conference center.

Artwork by four SMHS students including Brandon Clausen, Melanie Weldon, Catherine Cairns and Abigail Hanson was chosen for display.

Other participating schools included Ooltewah High School, Boyd-Buchanan School, McCallie Lower School, Hixson Middle School, Dalewood Middle School, Battle Academy and Soddy-Daisy Middle School.

The contest is the second organized by Carrie Cook, visual arts teacher at OHS and lead visual arts teacher for Hamilton County Schools. The first, “Traveling Volkswagen Art Show,” was held in 2008 and involved students from throughout Hamilton County and North Georgia.

Five of the 15 works in the 2008 show were submitted by SMHS students, said Mulloy.

“It’s obviously a really good partnership with Volkswagen, especially for an [International Baccalaureate] school,” she said.

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