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McNair Scholars Program Black History Month Fine Arts Contest

McNair Scholars Program Black History Month Fine Arts Contest


Contest Submission Form

Join us this Black History Month by taking part in The McNair Scholars Program's Fine Arts Competition! We challenge you to get creative in your expressions of Black Resiliency. USM is home to Mississippi’s largest collection of fine arts programs, making us leaders in creative expression and exploration. What better time to channel our creative strength than to honor one of the nation’s most momentous celebrations!


Black History Month is not only a time to discuss the significant contributions of African Americans throughout history, it’s also a time to shed light on those who champion the fight today. This Black History Month, we implore you to share your talents in commemoration with the Golden Eagle Community.




Winners Receive an Award

$1000 1st Place
$5002nd Place
$2503rd Place



Twenty top submissions will be selected for the McNair Black History Month Exhibition. These final submissions will be showcased in the JB George Building, room 142, on February 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We invite the public to explore the exhibit and vote for the winners. 


2022 Contest Winners

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1st Place: "The Pioneers of Black History"

By Uyen-Ny Nguyen, Art Major
Abstract: Black, yellow, green and red are the main colors that I used to paint "The Pioneers of Black History" because these colors are on the Pan-African flag. In this painting, I wrote the names of famous African American people who made history.  




2nd Place: "B-WIN"

By Alexander Haastrup, Computer Engineering Major
Abstract: The innovative works of African American women are rarely topics of discussion. This should not be so. My project highlights 11 Black women who significantly contributed to the modern world, with the aim of sparking similar talks for posterity.



3rd Place: "Your Voice Counts"

By Skylar Boyd, Art Major
Abstract: This piece represents the pain and hardships African Americans endured to become seen as equal, but also highlights the facts that current obstacles exist and full equality has not yet been accomplished. 

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