The Cotton District Arts Festival includes the Juried Arts Competition and Exhibit: carefully juried works from both local and regional artists. Submissions to the Juried Arts Show are entirely separate from the Artisan Village. An artist may participate in either or both, but must submit to each separately for consideration.
2021 Juror: Julian Rankin
Julian Rankin was raised in Mississippi and North Carolina. He studied English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rankin was the founding Director of the Center for Art & Public Exchange at the Mississippi Museum of Art, which uses artworks and engagements to address issues of racial equity and inspire new narratives in contemporary Mississippi. He is the Executive Director of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Rankin is a part of the Jekyll Island Management Institute class of 2019, a program supported through the Southeastern Museums Conference.
He is the author of Catfish Dream: Ed Scott’s Fight for his Family Farm and Racial Justice in the Mississippi Delta published by the University of Georgia Press as part of the Southern Foodways Alliance Studies in Culture, People, and Place series. Catfish Dream was short-listed for a James Beard Foundation Award and was recognized as the 2019 Nonfiction winner by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.
2021 Juried Art Competition Winners
Best in Show
Cultivos, Ana Sofia Licona Luque
1st Place: Microverse 1, Joe MacGown
2nd Place: No. 3, Derek Smith
1st Place: Dog With Cup, Mia Parker
2nd Place: Outpouring, Michelle Neumann
1st Place: Juxtaposition 23, John Bateman
2nd Place: Processing, Colleen E. McInnis
Merit Awards – Named Sponsor Awards
Awards chosen by the juror but money from individual donors donated to SAAC.
Mrs. Barbara Walker in Memory of Ron Walker
Quilt Book, Suzanne Powney
Dr. Jim and Mrs. Suzy Turner in Memory of Jane M. Persian
Dipsophobia, Rosie Ferguson
Dr. Jim and Mrs. Suzy Turner in Memory of Marion M. Turner
Effigy, Mark Brown
Merit Award: Robert and Joan Wilson in Honor of Brent Funderburk
Asynchronous, Alison Meeler
Let’s Get This Bread, Trisha Harjono
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