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Groundbreaking Mississippi Creative Spirit Art Contest Winners Announced

Three winning entries were chosen in the third annual Groundbreaking Mississippi Art Contest depicting the most important artist, performer, writer, or musician in Mississippi history. The winning artwork will be transferred to a ceramic tile and put on permanent display in the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opening in December 9.

Third-grader Ashira Peters of West Elementary in Gulfport was the winner in the lower-elementary category with her depiction of a butterfly inspired by the work of renowned Mississippi artist Walter Anderson.

In the upper-elementary category, fourth-grader Katie Patterson of South Jones Elementary School in Ellisville won for her tribute to Jim Henson and his Muppets.

Eleventh-grader Sage Alexandra Schaumburg of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus is the winner of the secondary education category for her depiction of Gulf Coast ceramic artist George Ohr.

Outreach coordinator Dorian Randall from MDAH presented winners with a ceramic tile print of their winning illustration. “We had more than 400 submissions for this year’s contest, and the judges were impressed with the high quality of work from around the state,” said Randall. “We’re excited that the winners will be able to see their work on display in the new museums.”

To celebrate the construction of the new Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, children across the state were asked to illustrate and submit their choice for the most groundbreaking event in Mississippi history. The museums are scheduled to open December 9 as the centerpiece of the state’s bicentennial celebration.

For more information about the art contest, call 601-576-6997 or email


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