41st Annual Agnes Markwalter Youth Art Exhibition

 Held in conjunction with National Youth Art Month, the Institute’s 41st Annual Agnes Markwalter Youth Art Competition and Exhibition seeks to promote the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs for all children throughout the CSRA. The 2020 competition will showcase work inspired by the theme “Take a Journey Through Art”, created by K-12 students from public, private, and home schools in Aiken, Burke, Columbia, McDuffie, and Richmond Counties. This exhibition is generously sponsored by the Markwalter family.

Image: Best in Show - Thea Fernandez, Claudette Colvin- The forgotten girl who sat for freedom, Mixed media, Westminster Schools of Augusta, 12th grade, Teacher: Vivian Hornsby



Monday - Thursday, March 23 - March 26, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Exhibition: February 26 - March 20


Thea Fernandez

Westminster Schools of Augusta

DIVISION 1    K-2nd

1st Cecelia Ishee

Lake Forest Elementary

2nd Jayden Healy

North Columbia Elementary

3rd Patrick Mitchell

CT Walker

Merit Awards DIVISON 1

Hunter Hawkins

Heritage Academy

Margaret Ann House

Lake Forest Elementary

Chloe Lee

Warren Road Elementary

DIVISION 2    3rd-5th

1st Phoebe Lee

CT Walker

2nd Mya Harrington

North Columbia Elementary

3rd Alexis Martin

Heritage Academy

Merit Awards DIVISION 2

Emme David

CT Walker

Graham Pickrell

Byrd Elementary

DIVISION 3   6th -8th

1st Pax Plumlee

Davidson Fine Arts
2nd Jocelyn Pope

Davidson Fine Arts
3rd Kissimmee Thomas

Heritage Academy

Merit Awards DIVISION 3

Abigail Knight

Westminster Schools of Augusta

DIVISION 4    9th –12th

1st Delaney Gay

Grovetown High School

2nd Hannah Lewis

Harlem High School

3rd Ashley Rudman

Greenbrier High School

Merit Awards DIVISION 4

Emily Hogue and Bailey Axon

Westside High School

Marissa Brown

Grovetown High School

Me’ Kiala Stephens

Burke County High School

2020 Juror: Kristi Jilson

Kristi Jilson joined the executive leadership team at Westobou in early 2014. She is responsible for overseeing all strategic and operational efforts, financial planning and fundraising, and the artistic direction of the organization’s multi-arts festival, year-round gallery space, and various other events and programs. Prior to Westobou, Kristi worked in various management roles for the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Additionally, Kristi has a diverse arts administration background including co-founding an artist co-op and serving on multiple Boards and committees. She is an ambitious leader whose enthusiasm for projects is contagious. Kristi is a 2007 graduate of SCAD.


**See below to download: Rules, Application, and student/parent invitation


Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 4:30pm
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art