Gwinnett County Public Schools Fine Arts



Two Award Winning Art Teachers

Amber Arnold won GAEA Elementary Educator of the Year 

Linn Zamora won GAEA Middle Level Educator of the Year



Oscar Cruz-Nataren, and 8th Grader at Summerour Middle School won 1st place in the middle school division for his painting "Chopin in Art"

The Chopin Society of Atlanta has sponsored a Chopin in Art contest for school students K-12. The purpose of the contest is to give participants the opportunity to express their appreciation of Chopin’s life and music through visual media. Each participant presents an original work of art representing Chopin’s life and/or music in the form of a drawing or a painting. The Chopin Society of Atlanta awards 1st through 3rd place prizes to participants in elementary, middle school, and high school categories.
The Chopin Society of Atlanta is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting Fryderyk Chopin’s music, advancing the understanding and appreciation of his legacy and promoting the arts in the Metro Atlanta area.



Kinetic Sculpture Competition

Through its Kinetic Sculpture Competition, NPAC challenged local Schools to transform ordinary objects into artistic kinetic sculptures. Pictured are the winning sculptures with the judges.

We are pleased to announce the winners, as follows:

  • 1st place goes to Summerour Middle School

  • 2nd place goes to Norcross High School

  • 3rd place - TIED - Nesbit Elementary and Arcado Elementary Schools

Please join us on Monday, June 1 at 11am at the Norcross Welcome Center for a small awards reception. In the meantime, the sculptures will be on exhibit on the front porch of the Norcross Welcome Center for all to enjoy.



BHS senior, Dane Dvorak won 1st place in the 4th Congressional District Art Show for his photograph, Opulence. His photograph will hang at the Capital building in Washington DC for one year!!! He will receive 2 airline tickets, hotel, and accommodations to Washington DC for the National Congress reception honoring him on June 24th! Not only did he win all of that but he will also be receiving a $12,000 scholarship to the school he will be attending in the fall, SCAD Atlanta!!!!



Mill Creek Congressional Art Competition winners

Congratulations to Morgan Fields, Caroline Conner, and Gavrielle Davis for taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the Congressional Art Competition. Morgan will have her artwork displayed in the US Capitol Building for a year and has won a trip to the opening reception in Washington DC this summer. The Congressional Art Competition is a nation-wide competition open to all high school students. Every congressional district in every state holds an art competition and selects a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner with the 1st place artwork from each district will be displayed in the US Capitol Building for one year. Morgan, Caroline, and Gavrielle were all honored at the awards ceremony on Saturday, April 25 by Congressman Jody Hice who raved about the quality of the work and the level of sophistication for students this age.


All State Art Symposium

Ian Peng, from North Gwinnett High School, placed 4th and received $100 from the All state Art Symposium art competition!


Norcross High School awarded best art department

Congratulations to the 2015 Best Art Department, the teachers from Norcross High School: Alisia Cannon, Angela Cronon, Chelsea Deleon, Ashley Getz and Laura Insixiengmay.

This award is given to one submitting school each year by the AHSAE, sponsored by the Center for Puppetry Arts. This award "recognizes a school and instructors who successfully nurture students' enthusiasm for art, consistently produce strong work, encourage good craftsmanship and presentation and offer a professional role model for students considering art as a career path."

Jeff Domke of the Center for Puppetry Arts will be visiting Norcross High School with a performance this spring.


Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognizes the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth. The competition itself has been around since 1923 and has grown to be the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens, and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. Last year, students submitted 255,000 works of art and writing to the Awards; more than 68,000 were recognized at the regional level and celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. The top 2,000 works in the country earned National Medals and were celebrated at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall.

This year, Brookwood's very own Karsten Nebiker , an 11th grade Graphic Design student won 2 National Silver Medals.


Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a nationwide high school art competition. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in the Seventh District of Georgia. Congratulations to the winners of this year's Congressional Art Competition!

Jamie Park - 1st place - $20,000 scholarship from the SCAD and $10,000 from the Art Institute of Atlanta, as well as a trip to Washington DC where her work will be displayed in the Capitol

Lesley Chang - 3rd place - $5000 scholarship from the Art Institute of Atlanta.


Atlanta High School Art Exhibition Winners

Congratulations to the winners and participants of the 79th annual Atlanta High School Art Exhibition.

2015 Award Winners

  • Best of Show: Sierra Kazin, "A Different Kind of Mermaid," Johns Creek High School, Bonnie Lovell instructor
  • Second Place: Victoria Hill, "Letter Home," East Coweta High School, Patrice Newell instructor
  • Third Place: Mia Hall, "My Nuclear Garden," Roswell High School, Travis Carr instructor
  • Fourth Place: Monica Ho, "Vulnerability," Wesleyan School, Meagan Brooker instructor
  • Fifth Place: Cassie Gallagher, "Untitled," Milton High School, Heather Meyer instructor
  • Sixth Place: Sarah Catherine Conklin, "Clayton's Joy," Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, Alice Thompson instructor
  • Seventh Place: Amanda Wooten, "Solemn," Brookwood High School, Marie Thomas instructor
  • Eighth Place: Bradley Fleming, "Family Heirloom, Landmark Christian, Shelia Gilkeson instructor
  • Ninth Place: Elizabeth Aiken, "Harrison," Druid Hills High School, Noelle Petersen instructor
  • Tenth Place: Jordan Miles, "Heart Attack," Westlake High School, Kevin Cole instructor
  • Rising Star: Siyd Smith, "Dream Free," Riverdale High School, Arshaad Norwood instructor

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Best in Show A Different Kind of Mermaid Sierra Kazin Johns Creek High School Junior copic marker and matt acrylic on illustration board

Second Place Letter Home Victoria Hill East Coweta High School Senior graphite on paper

Third Place My Nuclear Garden Mia Hall Roswell High School Senior clay and wood


6th Annual State Art Throwdown

On Saturday North Gwinnett's National Art Honor Society students were fortunate enough to be a part of the 6th Annual State ART Throwdown Competition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

This event is best described as the state art "olympics" where 8 schools from the metro area competed in timed art heats and students were awarded points 1st- 5th place and the school with the most accumulated points at the end is declared the State Champ!

The North Gwinnett Bulldogs had 18 competing varsity artists:

15 minute figure study: 1st place - Gyuri Nam

30 minute figure study - 1st place - Joseph Hwang

60 minute collaborative sculpture - 1st place - Chi Min and Grace Ok

School Exhibit - 1st place - Gyuri Nam

90 minute art review writing competition - 2nd place - Anna Truong

90 minute collaborative mural comp - 2nd place - Alexandra Sorto, Kendall York, Maggie Mospanyuk

Face to Face Elimination Comp - 2nd place - Kendall York

Graphic Design Comp (MoDA) - 3rd place - Gunhee Chang

Photo Design Collaborative Comp - 3rd place - Ethan Stanley and Tanya Bedi

Wearable Sculpture Group Project - 4th place - Hanna Slater, Ethan Stanley, Kendall York, Angy Kim, Grace Ok, Izzy Haque

Wearable Sculpture Performance - 4th place - Hanna Slater, Ethan Stanley, Kendall York, Grace Ok

The students garnered 78 points and are once again, the STATE CHAMPIONS!

This is extremely exciting news and we are beyond PROUD of their talent, their skill, their creativity and their professionalism in this incredible event!


Atlantic Institute Awards

Congratulations to Jenyfer Ojodeagua for winning 1st place in the Atlantic Institute Art and Essay Contest! Ojodeagua's prize is a trip to Turkey this summer! Several students from Gwinnett made the top ten in each division including 3rd place student at Summerour Middle. Congratulations to all our students who placed with their work


WADE Art Competition Winners

Students from North Gwinnett High School have been announced winners in the Young Women's Art and Design Exhibition(WADE). WADE is designed to provide young high school women with opportunities to exhibit artwork, develop advanced studio skills, cultivate aesthetic appreciation, and earn scholarships for college study.Congratulations to these artists and their teacher Yvette Kim!

  • Monica Chang - 1st place: $5000 scholarship to Brenau University, $250 cash prize
  • Lesley Chang - 2nd place: $5000 scholarship to Brenau University, $200 cash prize
  • Chloe Green - People's Choice Award: $2000 scholarship to Brenau University, $50 cash prize
  • Sydney Matheny - Honorable mention: $2000 scholarship to Brenau University, $50 cash prize
  • Brook Nay - Honorable Mention: $2000 scholarship to Brenau University, $50 cash prize

Brook Nay 'Revelations of Imperfection' Senior. North Gwinnett HS

Chloe Green 'Crystallize' Senior. North Gwinnett HS

Lesley Chang 'Who am I' Junior. North Gwinnett High School

Monica Chang 'Desolation' Freshman. North Gwinnett High School

Sidney Matheny 'Fashion Illustration' Junior. North Gwinnett HS


YAM Flag Contest

Congratulations to Lauren Carr. Her piece will be made into the state YAM flag. Lauren is a student in Debi West's drawing and painting class at North Gwinnett High School. Both Hanna Etelalahti and Kelsey Sheridan will also have their work exhibited in the YAM museum.

Lauren Carr

Hanna Etelalahti

Kelsey Sheridan


Pickneyville Middle's Chihuly project

Pickneyville Middle school posted to facebook the Chihuly project their classes created last quarter. The sculptor who inspired the project, Dale Chihuly, both "liked" and commented on the post.


Alexis Jacob Earns Perfect Score

Alexis Jacob, a 2014 Brookwood High School graduate, currently at GA Tech, earned a perfect score on her AP Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio. The College Board sent a letter to our principal, Mr. Bo Ford, with the amazing news. To top if off, not only did she receive a perfect score, she was one of thirteen students in the world to earn every point possible on the Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio. During her senior year Alexis had taken Drawing and Painting with Marie Thomas and AP Studio Art with Chris Vigardt.


State Botanical Garden of Georgia Winners

Anna Sherlock

E.D. Thompson

Anna Sherlock took 2nd place and E.D. Thompson won Honorable Mention at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia art contest. The competition had nearly 150 pieces; students 9th grade through college submitted work.