A tradition that dates back to 2014, this year marks the third round of students to be recognized for their talent. Following the end of each school year, art teachers from the four Wilson County high schools were asked to select the work of one student to be showcased in the courthouse for one year.
After the year is complete, the artist receives his or her art and a plaque that bears the student’s name, graduation date, the school they attend, as well as the art teacher’s name. The artwork ranges from freshmen to senior artists.
This year’s artists are Eme VanNus from the class of 2019 at Lebanon High School, and her teacher is Keith McCurdy; Claire Simpson from the class of 2016 at Wilson Central High School, and her teacher is April Grooms; Victoria Jones from the class of 2017 at Mt. Juliet High School, and her teacher is Derek Elwell; and Megan Eakes from the class of 2015 at Watertown High School, and her teacher is Sarah Reader.
“This is great way to encourage our students and showcase their hard work,” said Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto. “With so much talent in our county, it must be a daunting task for our art teachers to select just one piece of art. Each year, I look forward to seeing the new pieces that will grace the halls our courthouse.”
Plans are in the works to incorporate artwork from Cumberland University, as well as private schools in Wilson County.
“Please show your support of these students by stopping by the courthouse, which is located at 228 E. Main St. in Lebanon, just outside of the trustee’s office, to see the artwork,” Hutto said. “Congratulations to this year’s artists, and keep up the good work.”