23 USN students earn 2024 Scholastic Regional Art Awards

Of special note are Illiana Béhague-Mentzel ’25, Lucy Gibbs ’28, Cléo Gauthier ’24, Lin Zheng ’26, and Suzie Zhao '28, who received Gold Key Awards. Their work will be displayed at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens and considered for awards at the national competition later this spring.
By Trent Boysen, Arts Department Chair

The Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Awards exhibition is held each year to honor teenage creators for their work in the Arts. This year, 23 University School of Nashville students received recognition: 11 Honorable Mention awards, 6 Silver Key Awards, and 6 Gold Key Awards. There were over 1,400 total entries from across the mid-South, with only about 5% being selected for exhibition. USN talented students are clearly in a class of their own. 

An awards ceremony was hosted in the Cheekwood Frist Learning Center on Saturday, February 3. Their works will remain viewable on-site through Sunday, March 10. Gold Key works are displayed physically, and Silver Key works are displayed digitally. 

Please join us in celebrating the following students:

Gold Key Award
Illiana Béhague-Mentzel ’25 for Glass
Gardner Harris ’26 for Glass
Lucy Gibbs ’28 for Drawing
Cléo Gauthier ’24 for Mixed Media
Lin Zheng ’26 for Painting
Suzie Zhao '28 for Drawing

Silver Key Award
Ansley Martin ’27 for Painting
Greta Molvig ’28 for Painting
Elliott King ’28 for Photography
Henry Sloane ’29 for Photography
Eliana Gorden ’24 for Printmaking
Carmen Gaskin ’25 for Painting

Honorable Mention
Olivia Stany ’27 for Photography
Dara Udom ’24 for Glass
Caleb Little ’28 for Photography
Greta Molvig ’28 for Painting 
Maya Guha ’24 for Drawing
Lin Zheng ’26 for Ceramics
Ansley Martin ’27 for Ceramics
William Tong ’28 for Digital Art
Eliana Gorden ’24 for Printmaking
Natalie Choe ’28 for Painting
Iris Daverman ’28 for Mixed Media
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