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.

"Empty Bowls" Project to Benefit ComeUnity Cafe

Our art classes, led by instructor Libby Lynch, have been making clay bowls for the "Empty Bowls" fundraiser to benefit ComeUnity Cafe.  Located on Main Street in downtown Jackson, ComeUnity Cafe allows people to volunteer their time for an hour in return for a well-balanced, nutritious meal.  People are welcome to come in and pay for their lunch, or they can volunteer their time for the good of the cause. 

Ms. Lynch's son, Trey who is a potter, has been teaching our students about wheel throwing.  Some of the students have also created slumped slab bowls.  The bowls will be filled with delicious, homemade soup and will be sold to take home for $20.  "We are shooting for making 100 total bowls this year," said Libby.  "We hope this is the first of many years to work with ComeUnity Cafe."

So mark your calendar for December 2 from 11a.m. - 1:30 p.m. to support, not only our USJ students, but a wonderful cause that gives back to our Jackson community.

Student Wins Award at Art Competition

Congratulations to Megan Hicks for winning 1st place in the 8th grade division of the West Tennessee Regional Art Center Student Art Exhibition. This is a juried show open to all middle and high school students in West Tennessee.  It is an honor to have artwork accepted in this exhibition.  Her piece will be on display at the West Tennessee Regional Art Center in Humboldt from January 7 - February 22.  Thank you Anna McPeake, middle school art and upper school sculpture teacher, for inspiring our students to produce such amazing artwork.

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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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