Houston High student wins poster contest for Memphis In May’s Bicentennial Celebration

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Congratulations go out to 17-year-old Eagan Smith from Houston High School, who won the Children’s Poster Contest for the Memphis In May Bicentennial Celebration.

Previously, the contest was open to grades K-6, but this year for the bicentennial, it was opened up to grades K-12. They were asked to show how they see the culture and history of Memphis.

Smith’s pencil and ink drawing is titled “Jazzy Jim.”  

From Memphis in May:

The drawing is Smith’s take on a 1950s-era black and white photo taken of a man passing the old Blue Light Studios sign at the corner of South Main and Beale streets in downtown Memphis.  The juxtaposition of the original black and white image with the artist’s addition of bold and vibrant colors repeatedly caught the attention and votes of the observers and resulted in Ms. Smith’s work being selected as this year’s Children’s Poster.

Ms. Smith comes from a family of artists, being influenced by her grandmother, Kathleen Coletti, who is an art teacher and painter, as well as drawing inspiration from the works of her great-grandmother and mother who also painted. Smith’s style blossomed after moving to the Memphis area from Utah, under the guidance of her Houston High School art teacher, Amanda Schulter. The art program at Houston has been a great support system for her while adjusting to Memphis and its culture, while also helping her find inspiration in the architecture, cultural background and street art of the City of Memphis. Smith is a member of the National Arts Honor Society and plans to attend the University of Memphis next year.

“Each year, we enjoy seeing the artistic vision the young people of Memphis have for the subject of our cultural salute,” said James L. Holt, President and CEO of Memphis in May. “With this year’s excitement around the Memphis Bicentennial and our salute to the city, combined with Ms. Smith’s talent, I expect her beautiful artwork be extremely sought after.”

The 2019 Memphis in May Children’s Poster is sponsored by International Paper and is available for $10 at 1910 Frameworks, the Official Framer of Memphis in May.  Posters will be available starting May 1 at the Memphis in May office at 56 S. Front Street, and online at memphisinmay.org.

2019 Festival Dates:

  • Beale Street Music Festival: May 3 – 5, 2019
  • World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 15 – 18, 2019
  • Great American River Run: May 25, 2019
  • Celebrate Memphis: May 25, 2019

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