Take a virtual tour of artworks by Chatham County schoolkids

The 20th Annual New Beginnings Youth Art Exhibition goes online

click to enlarge A view of the virtual gallery space showcasing the 20th Annual New Beginnings Youth Art Exhibition. - COURTESY OF THE SAVANNAH-CHATHAM COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM
Courtesy of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
A view of the virtual gallery space showcasing the 20th Annual New Beginnings Youth Art Exhibition.
A new online exhibition showcasing works by Chatham County schoolkids is now available for viewing.

The Links, Inc., Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, and the City of Savannah is presenting the 20th Annual New Beginnings Youth Art Exhibition. The exhibition features Savannah Chatham County middle-and high-school students' artworks, created based on the theme “Visual Art in a Virtual World."

A virtual reception for the exhibit was held Feb. 23, and several speakers congratulated the team of teachers, sponsors, and artists who made the event possible.

Among the virtual attendees were Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, SCCPSS Superintendent Ann Levett, and members of The Links, along with sponsors and other supporters.

“It's a great honor to chair this competition in conjunction with Black History Month," said Carol Bell of The Links, Inc. “We are impressed with the talent of the students and thank them for sharing their work with us."

Rosemary Dodson, Program Coordinator for Visual Arts for Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, managed the competition and created the virtual exhibit to showcase art from our middle and high school students.

"This was a unique year," said Dotson, "and we had to come up with a way to share all the work in a virtual environment. The exhibit is interactive and engaging." ​

Click here to visit the virtual exhibition space.

The competition awards first, second, and third place in both high-school and middle-school divisions, as well as a Best in Show. Over 125 entries are on display. The winners of the competition for 2020 are:

Best of Show Winner - Avery Sullivan, Savannah Arts Academy

High School Winners

1st place: Mojdah Asimi – Savannah Arts Academy

2nd Place: Amy Oh, Savannah Arts Academy

3rd Place: Giselle Berrien – Johnson High School

​Middle School Winners

1st place: Elizaveta Kalacheva – Garrison

2nd Place: Brock Betters – West Chatham Middle School

3rd place: Tijuana Heyward – West Chatham Middle School

"Congratulations to everyone who had a part in putting this together," Levett said.

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