Oak Ridge Student Artists Selected for ORNL FCU Community Art Program

The ORNL FCU has announced the names of the students whose works have been selected for the organization’s community mural and art program.

Launched in 2017, the Community Art & Mural Program was created to support initiatives that make the arts accessible to everyone and help local communities thrive.

Congratulations to the following students and schools:

  • Elementary School Grade (K-4) – Grade 1 students, Linden Elementary School (Tristy Berryhill, Arts Educator)
  • Middle School Category (5-8) – Natalie Reynolds, Grade 8, Jefferson Middle School (Jim Dodson, Arts Educator)
  • High School Category (9-12) – Isabella Liu, Grade 9, Oak Ridge High School (Heather Eades, Arts Educator)

The Community Mural and Art Program offers local artists and school art programs the opportunity to showcase their creativity in a unique way: by painting a large structure visible from a main access road in Oak Ridge . Entries have been submitted in all categories (K-4th grades, 5th-8th grades, and 9th-12th grades) and winners will have their design recreated on a large-scale public platform, along with a cash prize of $100 for the student (or team) and $500 cash prize for their school’s art programs. One winner was selected in each category.

The judges for the competition were: Emily Curran, Program Manager Dogwood Arts-Visual Arts; Shannon Herron, Marketing and Creative Director of Dogwood Arts; Jessica Emert, Director of Public and Community Relations, ORNL FCU; and ORNL FCU social media specialist Courtney Oldendorf, according to a news release.

The designs will be painted in the spring of 2022 by local artist Bryan Wilkerson, who will choose placement based on orientation and scalability. The dimensions of the walls are as follows: 36-by-15-foot areas facing South Rutgers Avenue and North Purdue Avenue, and a 19-by-15-foot area facing the ORNL FCU headquarters.

Program details

The program is a competition open to Oak Ridge students to submit designs for display on a cinder block wall. The wall surrounds a generator located on the ORNL FCU headquarters campus at 221 S. Rutgers Ave. The competition was developed with the help of Bryan Wilkerson, professor of art and design at Roane State Community College, and art professors Jim Dodson and Tristy Berryhill, according to the statement.

Bryan Wilkerson is a native of Tennessee and professor of art and design at Roane State Community College. Her creative practices focus primarily on ceramics and public arts, but extend to design and drawing. Her work explores humor, craftsmanship, irony and play through common symbolic references. He is also the creator and director of the ArtMobile traveling gallery and the ephemeral studio space.

Kayleen C. Rice