High School Art Students Compete with a focus on Art, Photography, Film, and Ceramics

Our high school art students participate throughout the year in a variety of competitions with a focus on art, photography, film, and ceramics.  The specifics of these competitions are detailed as follows:

2018 Birmingham Southern Biennial, L-R, Senior, Garrett Dickerson, Senior, Chloe Bohan, Junior, Sophie McCartney, and Senior, Caleb Covert

birmingham southern art competition:

Congratulations to Senior Chloe Bohan and Junior Sophie McCartney, for winning Honorable Mention in the juried 2018 Biennial Southeastern High School Artist Competition. Four students had their artwork selected to be in the 2018 Biennial Southeastern High School Artist Competition at Birmingham Southern College. Students from ten southeastern states compete for this honor. Our four students are Seniors Chloe Bohan for her photograph, Caleb Covert for his sculpture, Garrett Dickerson for his platter and Junior Sophie McCartney for her watercolor painting. The work was on display from  January 14th in the Durbin Gallery until January 25th. The purpose of the competition is the recognition and promotion of talented rising artists in the Southeastern United States. Images of the exhibited work will be placed on the Birmingham Southern College’s Art & Art History website at www.bsc.edu/academics/art/hs-art.html. Each student will receive a certificate suitable for framing and a one-year membership to the  BSC Fine Art Alliance.


Caleb Covert – Ceramics

Caleb Covert – Ceramics

Sophie McCartney – Art

atlanta high school art exhibition:

2018 Finalists Senior, Garrett Dickerson, Senior, Caleb Covert and Junior, Jack Gruskin

Each year, the Atlanta High School Art Exhibition (AHSAE) offers young artists an opportunity to compete, exhibit their work and earn prizes such as scholarships and art supplies. This “must see” festival event is a juried competition drawing upwards of 700 entries each year from which the best hundred works comprise the festival exhibition.

Six hundred and eighty-six pieces were entered in this year’s Atlanta High School Art Exhibition and one hundred and forty-six pieces were accepted.  Our seniors Caleb Covert, Garrett Dickerson and junior Jack Gruskin had their ceramic work selected to be in the exhibit at the Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park in April.

Sophie McCartney – Art

university of north georgia invitational: 

Mrs. Barb Swanner, Saint Francis High School Art Teacher

Each year the University of North Georgia invites a group of art teachers and two of their students to submit work for their juried invitational art exhibit. This year senior Chloe Bohan had her photograph “Survivor” , junior Sophie McCartney had her charcoal drawing “Train Station” and teacher Barb Swanner had her painting “Points of Impact” accepted into the show. The awards ceremony and reception will held on March 8th.



Georgia High School Ceramic Arts Awards & Symposium (GHSCAAS)

The GHSCAAS will be held on Saturday, March 24th at Piedmont College in Demorest, GA this year. Our students whose work has been juried into this competition are seniors Matt Cross, Garrett Dickerson, Sarah Gibeaut,, Jack Kinney, Graham Owenby, and juniors  Jack Gruskin, Sam Henn, Riley Larkworthy, Griffin Weaver.This is the first time in the history of our ceramics program that every piece entered into a juried show was accepted. The student work will be on display throughout the main hallway of the art building on the college’s campus. Students attending the symposium will participate in clay workshops and a raku firing presented by college professors, college students and high school ceramic teachers. Attendees will have the opportunity to raku fire a piece of their own. At the end of the symposium an awards ceremony will be held where cash awards will be distributed. As a special adjunct to this year’s event. The Signature Shop in Buckhead will be hosting a pop up shop and curating a special invitational exhibit of forty place settings designed by professional potters.


Piedmont College High School Art Show

Sixteen students, fifteen ceramic students and one painting student from the fine arts department had their artwork on display in the Piedmont College High School Art Show at the  Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art in downtown Demorest, Georgia from January 8th – 18th. Unfortunately the awards ceremony was during the ice event and our students did attend the reception. Senior Matt Cross, won an Honorable Mention for his ceramic piece “Wounds of War”.  Students with work on display were: Seniors Matt Cross, Jack Kinney, Sarah Gibeaut, Caleb Covert, Graham Owenby, Garrett Dickerson and Juniors Sophie McCartney, (painting) Riley Larkworthy, Sam Henn, Harrison Warner, Jack Gruskin, Griffin Weaver, Will Jackson, Emma Motter, Sophomores Maddie Ulmer and Rachel Wolchock. This was the first year we were invited to this event.



Senior Chloe Bohan and Junior Sophie McCartney had their work on display in the Capitol Art Exhibit in the Twin Towers Building Lobby in Atlanta from February 17th – 24th. On Wednesday, February 21st, Sophie and Mrs. Swanner attended the reception along with Sophie’s mom, where Sophie got to meet Senator John Albers, and was invited to be a page for a day for the State Senate. Chloe was unable to attend the reception as our girls soccer team had game, and Chloe is a team member.


Congratulations to our All State Art Competition District Winners seniors Caleb Covert and Sarah Gibeaut and Junior Sophie McCartney. Their artwork was chosen as winners from all the entries in our district which includes the public and private schools in Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb and Gwinnett counties. These pieces now go on to compete at the state level, against all the district winners statewide.


The State Winners will have their work taken to Columbus State to compete for further awards.  Chloe Bohan’s work has been chosen as a State Award winner and will be on display at the Corn Center at Columbus State University and will go on to be judged for further awards which will be announced at the closing reception on March 10th.