For the fourth year, the Hughston Foundation is collaborating with Harris County School Work Based Learning Program to offer this year’s Art Gala Competition and Exhibition. Students in 6th through 12th grades throughout Georgia are invited to submit biologically or medically inspired entries in the following media categories: drawing, painting, photography, 3D, mixed media, or digital. The gala will be held November 11th, at 7:00 pm at the Hughston Foundation.

The Hughston Foundation Art Gala for the Biologically Inclined is perfect for students who would like to unmask the exciting world of art and science. This biological and medically inspired art contest encourages students to create artwork while integrating the principle areas of the national STEAM initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics). Over $7,500 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded.

Please visit our event page for the artwork submission form and complete list of scholarship descriptions.

If you missed the highlights from the 2020 Art Gala, here is a recap.

2020 Art Gala Exhibition Recap

Once again, the Hughston Foundation collaborated with Harris County High School Work Based Learning Program to offer the 3rd Annual Art Gala Competition and Exhibition. High school and middle school students throughout Georgia were invited to submit biologically or medically inspired entries under drawing, painting, photography, 3D, or mixed media categories to the competition. The gala was held November 12, at 7:00 pm at the Hughston Foundation.

This year, teachers, students, and parents attended the exhibition of 106 entries both in-person and online. The furthest submission was mailed from submitted from Effingham County High School in Springfield, GA and 16 schools were represented overall. For this competition, the Hughston Clinic proudly supported the top 6 STEAM awards presented to the first through third middle school and high school entries for a total of $5,000 in scholarship prizes. Additionally, the Georgia Healthcare Science Technology Education Foundation sponsored two $250 awards for third place winners. Also presented were two Champ Baker Anatomical Awards for $375 each, one for Drawing and another for 3D. Additionally, a $1,000 Columbus State University (CSU) scholarship was awarded. Congratulations to our 2020 winners:

STEAM Awards

The 6 STEAM Awards were presented (First Place = $1,500, Second Place = $750, Third Place = $500) based on the top 3 scores for Middle School aged student, 6th – 8th grades, and the top 3 highest scores for High School aged student, 9th – 12th grades.

Middle School STEAM Award Winners:

1st – Mary Ann Kim, “Won’t Sleep”

2nd – Molly Rickard, “You Light Up My Life”

3rd – Kaylee Mclean, “My Heart Beats True”

High School STEAM Award Winners:

1st – Emily Hughes, “Strength Within”

2nd – Adam Ali, “Roots of Growth”

3rd – Maisie Wirth, “The Heart of Hughston”

Champ Baker Best Anatomical Awards:

Drawing – Molly McClendon, “Arm Muscles”

3D – Alexiss LaTorre, “Handle with Care”

CSU Scholarship

The Departments of Art, Biology, and Exercise Science have partner on a $1,000 scholarship. The student must qualify for admission to CSU and must enroll at CSU with a major or minor in Art, Biology, Kinesiology, or Health Sciences. The Student must remain in good academic standing for the duration of the award period. The award will be credited to the student’s CSU account, divided over the first 2 semesters of full-time enrollment.

2020 Columbus State University Scholarship Winner:

Adam Ali, “Roots of Growth”

Honorary Media Award Winners:

Middle School: Allie Webb, “Flourishing Thoughts”
High School: Mary Boyett, “Untitled”

Middle School: Zachary Madrigal, “Dia de Muertos”
High School: Phillip Walker, “Can You Hear Me Now?”

Mixed Media:
Middle School: Lindsey Hanson, “Decayed Skull”
High School: Samuel Jimenez, “Heart of Hearts”

Middle School: Hailey Westmoreland, “The Decay of Our Passtime”
High School: Lily Toohey, “Pursuit of Perfection”

Middle School: Mary Rehrauer, “The Breath of Life”
High School: Aiva Massey, “Dance of Life”

Best in Show

This is the second year we have included Best in Show awards and in no way could we have anticipated the response that we received.

1. 478 total Middle School votes
2. 620 total High School votes

We appreciate the student enthusiasm to drive votes towards their individual piece, thus raising awareness about the Art Gala intern.
The “Best in Show” is not determined by the judges’ scores, instead to put it simply by “poplar vote.”
Voting was closed at midnight on Tuesday, November 10th. This category was co-sponsored by Innovative Supplies.

Best in Show Winners:
Middle School: Mary Ann Kim, “Won’t Sleep”
High School: Jakobe Davis, “Back Muscle Anatomy”

Last edited on August 26, 2021