Monthaven Renames Annual Art Show
Cheryl Strichik: Cheryl@themacctn.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONTHAVEN ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER RENAMES ITS ANNUAL
BEST OF SUMNER COUNTY STUDENT ART SHOW AFTER LATE SCHOOL
BOARD MEMBER JAMES B. HAWKINS.
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 30, 2020) – One of the longest running art exhibitions in
Sumner County will now bear the name of one of the region’s most beloved public figures. In
January, the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center’s board of directors voted to name its Annual
Best of Sumner County Student Art Exhibition after James B. Hawkins, the Sumner County
Board member who passed away Dec. 6, 2019 following a months-long battle with cancer. The
44th Annual James B. Hawkins Best of Sumner County Student Art Show will run May 16-31 at
Hendersonville’s Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center. Opening day will be Saturday, May 16th
from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. There will be over 80 pieces of art work featuring the art of our
High School Seniors.
In 2016, Hawkins was elected to the Sumner County School Board, where he quickly
established himself as an outstanding leader. He had himself been a certified high school
teacher and had a master’s degree in educational policy. Not surprisingly, he was convinced
that the strength of any community was directly related to the success of its local schools.
Moreover, he believed the arts played an integral part in every student’s education.
This deeply felt commitment to arts education inspired Cheryl Strichik, the MACC’s
executive director, to suggest changing the name of the organization’s long-running art
exhibition to honor Hawkins. “It’s said that a man is never really gone as long as his name is still
spoken,” says Strichik. “I felt it fitting for Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center to honor Jim Hawkins in
this way, with his name forever linked with the sort of project that he had devoted his life to supporting.
I know I will always be grateful for the tremendous enthusiasm, encouragement and love he had for the
MACC, its young artists and arts education.”
The 44th Annual James B. Hawkins Best of Sumner County Art Show is sponsored by
Nossi College of Art and is open to all Sumner County middle and high school students. Each
school will be allowed to enter up to 10 pieces of artwork in four categories: drawing, painting,
3D, and miscellaneous mixed media. Dr. Ted Rose, chair of the art department at Cumberland
University in Lebanon, Tennessee, and Lois Riggin-Ezzell, director emeritus of the Tennessee
State Museum, will judge this year’s exhibition.
Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center is conveniently located off Gallatin Pike just three
miles east of Rivergate Mall. The place serves as a haven for the arts, hosting major art
exhibitions throughout the year. It also offers classes and summer camps on art and film for
children and adults. Monthaven Mansion is available to rent for weddings, receptions, showers,
corporate team-building classes and private parties. For more information, visit
www.monthavenartsandculturalcenter.com or call (615) 822-0789.