University School of Jackson

Visual Art

Students of all ages at USJ are given ample opportunities to showcase and refine their artistic talents through our Visual Arts programs. The visual arts department challenges our students’ talents and showcases them throughout our school and the community through art exhibits and competitions. Arts at The U, our annual arts exhibit sponsored by the Arts Guild, allows for all lower, middle, and upper school students to display their artwork to our fellow USJ family. Community competitions such as the Bank of Jackson Art Show, the West TN Regional Student Art Competition, and more, give students the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and compete against students from other schools. Our Upper School students also regularly attend the Governor’s School for the Arts, a rigorous four-week residency summer program, in which students admitted show true talent and motivation. Through these events, our students are encouraged to improve upon their skills and work diligently to achieve their artistic goals.

Students' Artwork Selected in Color of Music Contest

USJ students in Darlene Tanner's art classes, Kindergarten through 1st grade, and Anna McPeake's middle school art classes recently participated in the Color of Music contest. This annual contest is sponsored by the Jackson Symphony. 

They listened to La Triviata-Brinidisi by Verdi as well as Carmen-Habenera by Bizet and created artwork based on their interpretations of the music. There are only 3 pieces of artwork selected from each grade that go on to represent USJ as finalists in the competition.

Congratulations to the following middle school students:

6th graders: Carmen Biggs, Ellen Driver, and Josie Dougan
7th graders: Ellie Belle Weaver, Caitlin Roemen, and Will Jordan (not pictured)
8th graders: Mimi Campbell, Morgan English, and Caroline Conder

Congratulations to the following lower school students:

Top Row (First grade): Charli Ellis, Sarah Gay

Bottom Row (Kindergarten): Beckham Sellers, Millie Adams, Wyatt Pugh

Students selected for Governor's School for the Arts

Congratulations to the following students who were accepted to Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts: Madison Bruno, Brooklyn White, and Emily Hailey. We are so proud of their accomplishments. Thank you to our amazing art teachers across all of USJ for fueling our students' passions.

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For More Information

Libby Lynch
Upper School Art, Department Chair

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Anna McPeake
Middle School Art, Upper School Sculpture, Yearbook Advisor, Journalism

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Kay Thomson
2nd-5th Grade Art

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Darlene Tanner
Junior Cubs-1st Grade Art

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