Monthaven Art and Cultural Center

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Student Art Show

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Sumner County Students Shine at Monthaven

Annual James B. Hawkins

Student Art Show

Every spring, some of the most gifted young artists in Sumner County showcase their art at Monthaven as part of the Annual James B. Hawkins Sumner County Student Art Show.

This indispensable art exhibition is open to all Sumner County middle and high school art students. In 2024, each school was allowed to enter artwork in drawing, painting, 3D, Mixed Media, and Animation. More than 150 students displayed nearly 160 art works at the MACC in 2024. Independent art experts were brought in to evaluate the students’ art, and prizes were awarded.

Student Art Show prizes include awards for “Winning Art Department,” “Best of Show” and “Director’s Pick,” along with First, Second, and Third Place ribbons and cash prizes for painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, digital art, printmaking, animation and mixed media. Participating middle school and high school art teachers also receive recognition and cash prizes. The 2023 exhibition’s premier sponsor was Nossi College of Art & Design. The college awarded $10,000 in scholarships to Sumner County’s amazing art students.

The 48th Annual James B. Hawkins Sumner County Student Art Show will ran from March 30 to April 19, 2024. An opening receptions and awards ceremonies took place at the MACC on Sunday, April 14. For more information the 2025 Student Art Show, call Art Education Director Drew Kirk at (615) 822-0789 or email [email protected].

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Kaylin Warden

External Affairs Coordinator

Kaylin Warden joined the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center staff in 2024 as External Affairs Coordinator. In this post, she organizes special off-site events and manages the organization’s external communications. She also works with the development department by updating the MACC’s customer relations database, and she assists the executive director in setting up exhibitions. Above all else, Kaylin is passionate about the arts. It comes as no surprise, then, that she is now pursuing a master’s degree in art history. When she’s not at the MACC, you can find her reading her favorite books (especially ones dealing with maritime mysteries), cooking, gardening, playing with her cat and two dogs, and cheering for the Nashville Predators.

Ruth Chase

Regional Arts Director
Ruth Chase is the Regional Arts Director of Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center, joining the team in 2023. For Ruth, the job is all about community, bringing people together to uplift and educate artists and art lovers alike. Her role at Monthaven is to strengthen the local artist community and build connections that will enrich Hendersonville and our surrounding communities through art exhibitions, art education, and opportunities for regional artists.
Prior to joining Monthaven, Ruth worked in the arts for over 30 years and is a multimedia artist and graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artistic practice is inquiry-based and engages in community bridge-building. She was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles, curated and juried exhibitions, and has taught at the Crocker Art Museum.
Ruth was awarded an Artist-in-Residence for Artist Activating Communities through a grant from the California Arts Council for three consecutive years. Her film Belonging screened at both the 18th Annual Nevada City Film Festival and Wild & Scenic Film Festival. She has received the Legendary Female Artist of Venice award, and she has exhibited in The Crocker Kingsley, the Museum of Northern California Art, and the Diego Rivera Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute. Ruth also continues her work as a Curatorial Consultant and Art director for the Californian Indigenous Research Project, where she has worked with the local tribe since 2018.