YOUTH ART PROGRAMS 

INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF ARTISTS

Our programs are designed to promote professional and emerging artists, as well as young aspiring artists. We have several annual events and programs with opportunities for youth participation: Chalk Walk, the Epiphone Guitar Design contest, the Synergy Exhibition, and the Art Kits for Kids initiative. 

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EPIPHONE GUITAR DESIGN CONTEST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 5, 2022

SONGBIRDS MUSEUM (CHATTANOOGA)

EXHIBITION: APRIL 2023

DOGWOOD ARTS GALLERY (KNOXVILLE)

EXHIBITION: MAY 5-26, 2023

FIRST FRIDAY OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, MAY 5TH FROM 5-8PM (AWARDS AT 6PM)

Dogwood Arts, the Songbirds Museum, and the Songbirds Foundation are proud to announce the 2023 Epiphone Guitar Design Contest. The contest is open to all high school and middle school students living in East Tennessee. Several guitar designs created by youth artists will be selected for implementation and exhibition. The art guitars will be displayed at the Dogwood Arts Gallery in Knoxville, TN and at the Songbirds Guitar Museum, a one-of-a-kind guitar museum located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The guitars will be auctioned to benefit Dogwood Arts’ youth art programs & the Songbirds  Foundation’s Guitars for Kids initiative. 

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2022 EXHIBITION

Undead Garden
Undead Garden

Avery Adcock

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The Sun is Still There When it Rains
The Sun is Still There When it Rains

Max Barioli

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Rockin Rose
Rockin Rose

Sierra Cames

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Glass Color
Glass Color

Eathan Ellis

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Draco
Draco

Curtis Glover

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Hair Band Alternative
Hair Band Alternative

Bentley Green

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Guitar Koi Fish
Guitar Koi Fish

Kenley Hall

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Delicacy Among the Waters
Delicacy Among the Waters

Julianne Hao

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Lights
Lights

Oliver Haygood

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Sweet Dreams
Sweet Dreams

Arwyn Larock

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A Simple Afternoon
A Simple Afternoon

Abi Lundberg

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What's Your Sign
What's Your Sign

Loch and McLean Murray

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Untitled
Untitled

Jennifer Nicely

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UTK November
UTK November

Mary Osucha

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Pyre
Pyre

Anna Price

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Gutar
Gutar

Lily Drew Runyan

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Tentacool
Tentacool

Anna Sergent

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Water Under the Bridge
Water Under the Bridge

Nora Spence

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Snake Bite
Snake Bite

Alyssa Spradlin

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Fruit Salad
Fruit Salad

Lauren Thompson

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Psychedelic Mushrooms
Psychedelic Mushrooms

Hadley Walker

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2021 EXHIBITION

Butterfly High
Butterfly High

Maryam Ahmed

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Guitar De Los Muertes
Guitar De Los Muertes

Zoe Beatty

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Colors of the Wind
Colors of the Wind

Aurora Baez

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Prince
Prince

Miriam Berry

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Surfing Demon
Surfing Demon

Tate Brown

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You Rock My World
You Rock My World

Rebecca Clark

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Emma Grace Cook

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Heroine
Heroine

Claira Johnson

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Pluviophile
Pluviophile

Talley Lyons

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Untitled
Untitled

Loch Murray

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Happy Fret
Happy Fret

McLean Murray

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Dogwoods in the Wind
Dogwoods in the Wind

Mary Osucha

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Megan Peterson

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Grace Russell

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Mind is a River
Mind is a River

Keegan Spurr

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Songbird Blues
Songbird Blues

Dana Trew

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Daphne Valentine

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Lucid Putrescene
Lucid Putrescene

Danae Wnuk

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Golden Hour of Gallehus
Golden Hour of Gallehus

Clara Woehler

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ART KITS
FOR KIDS 

Every child deserves access to creative opportunities and art education regardless of the financial circumstances of their families. Time spent creating art has a tremendous impact on child development. Unfortunately, we recognize that many children in our community do not have the resources necessary to enjoy art at home. The Art Kits for Kids program helps change that by providing a variety of age-appropriate supplies like crayons, colored pencils, markers, modeling clay, coloring pages, construction paper, scissors, pencils, pencil sharpeners, glue, pens, notepads, and more to kids in need all across East Tennessee.