MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Paintings created by Shelby County high school students are now on display at the Memphis International Airport.
"This is a contest we put on in Shelby County we want to see the best of our student artists and we want to put them on display here at the airport," Glen Thomas with the Memphis International Airport said.
Nearly 300 paintings and photographs were submitted, and 60 will hang inside the airport terminal.
Lanyce Williams' "Memphis Trinity" featuring Aretha Franklin, BB King and Elvis Presley won 1st place.
"The whole purpose of me doing this was to pay respect to those wonderful artist so to have it hanging up here in the airport and have people have the opportunity to see them it's like a great feeling," Williams said.
"I think it's a great opportunity for us to celebrate Memphis culture as well as put a spotlight on the students who work so hard and are so talented," art teacher Amy-Beth Rice said.
Rice is talking about students like Alex Tauverschmidt who was surprised by her win.
"I'm very excited because I didn't even know I could get this far I worked really hard on my piece I'm very excited for it to be shown for the year," she said.
This is the program's 12th year. The theme for this year's contest was Memphis - it's music, sights and sounds.
"It's one of the only competitions that we have where it's really like they get to sell their artwork to people from all over the country so it's really great," SCS visual arts advisor Kelly Hatton said.
Thomas says it's an opportunity to show travelers what the Bluff City is about.
“We want to show them everything that’s great about Memphis, and the students help us do that every year.”
The student painting are for sale.