Picture Freedom Art Contest

The Picture Freedom Art Contest, sponsored by Toyota, encourages students to explore what freedom and equality means to them and to express those thoughts through works of art.

Through the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s extensive collection of historical content and exhibitions, participating students became acquainted with freedom’s heroes and the struggle for equality and inclusive freedom throughout history and across the globe.

This year's finalists are:

Power In Our Hands
Rahzizi Ishakarah, Best of Show
Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex, Grade 12
Jackson, MS

Neglectful
Teddy Gray, Second Place
Northwest Senior High School, Grade 12
Cincinnati, OH

Fear of Freedom
Serim Kim, Third Place
John F. Kennedy High School, Grade 9
Buena Park, CA

A Fate Worse Than Death
Chrystian Butler
Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex, Grade 10
Jackson, MS

History of Freedom
Demetri Burke
Martha Ellen Stilwell School of Arts, Grade 12
Hampton, GA

Price of Freedom
Hannah Finley
Mills High School, Grade 11
Medway, MA

The Freedom of Religion and Press
Nami Samiya
Wakefield High School, Grade 11
Arlington, VA

Let Freedom Fly
Courtney Coates
Western Branch High School, Grade 11
Chesapeake, VA

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
Shane Armstrong
Washington Lee High School, Grade 11
Arlington, VA

Bunka Taifuu (Culture Typhoon)
Jordan Davis
Cleveland School of Architecture, Grade 12
Cleveland, OH

I Control The Freedom To Be Me
Victoria Wright
Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex, Grade 11
Jackson, MS

Breaking Away From Stereotype
Ashton Hill
Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex, Grade 9
Jackson, MS

On Saturday, February 11 at 1:00 p.m. the museum will host a reception honoring the top three winners: Razizi Ishakarah of Jackson, MS; Teddy Gray of Cincinnati, OH; and Serim Kim of Buena Park, CA. The twelve student finalist works will be on exhibit throughout the museum until September 2017.