In The Know with Gino: EPB Unveils Stunning Student Artwork, Beautifying Chattanooga’s Utility Boxes

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Picture Courtesy of Chattanooga Pulse

Chattanooga, TN – EPB, in collaboration with various local partners, has unveiled a captivating collection of artwork created by 12 talented high school students as part of the highly anticipated “ArtSpark Goes to School” challenge. The students, along with their proud parents, gathered at EPB’s downtown Chattanooga office for a special public ceremony, where their remarkable artistic talents were recognized and celebrated.

The “ArtSpark Goes to School” challenge, which aims to engage students in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) curriculum, invited high school students from across the city to create artwork that would adorn EPB’s utility boxes, bringing vibrant energy and visual appeal to the community. This year’s theme, “What Energizes You?,” inspired the students to reflect on the things in their lives that give them energy and motivation, translating those concepts into visually striking designs.

From a pool of exceptional submissions, the judging panel selected 12 remarkable artworks representing seven different schools in Chattanooga. The chosen students and their respective schools are:

  • Asia Evans – Brainerd High School
  • Hunter Tenney – Brainerd High School
  • Bronwyn Alexander – Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts
  • Faith Dann – Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts
  • Dakota Houck – Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts
  • Khloi Sandidge – Central High School
  • Kenyaun Hughes – The Howard School
  • Rachel Hutchings – Sale Creek High School
  • Alanna Jones Newman – Sale Creek High School
  • Harper Cowart – Signal Mountain High School
  • Jessica Arp – Soddy Daisy High School
  • Joslyn Peacock – Soddy Daisy High School

These talented students have created visually stunning artwork that will be permanently displayed on utility boxes strategically located throughout Chattanooga. The selected sites include Finley Stadium, Liberty Tower, Chattanooga Marriott Downtown, Frost Stadium, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Hamilton Place, the intersection of Lee Highway and Highway 153, the intersection of Lee Highway and East Brainerd Road, Rossville Boulevard and East 49th Street, Highland Park, and The Chattanoogan Hotel.

With the addition of this year’s ArtSpark selections, a total of 49 utility boxes in Chattanooga will be transformed into captivating works of art, adding vibrancy and creativity to the city’s landscape.

EPB’s ArtSpark Goes to School program is made possible through the collaboration and support of various partners, including ArtsBuild, the City of Chattanooga, the City’s Public Art Chattanooga, Hamilton County Schools, River City Company, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and UTC’s Arts-Based Collaborative. By combining art and education, the program aims to engage students in exploring the world of electricity while fostering their artistic abilities.

Throughout the program, students had the opportunity to work closely with their art teachers and design experts, using a combination of traditional two-dimensional techniques, digital cameras, and professional graphic design and photography software to bring their artistic visions to life. EPB partnered with a third-party organization to create and apply vinyl wraps of the winning student designs onto the utility boxes, ensuring the longevity and preservation of their remarkable artwork.

The unveiling of these student-created masterpieces marks another successful year for the ArtSpark Goes to School program, showcasing the immense talent and creativity of Chattanooga’s young artists. The city can now enjoy the fusion of art and utility as these captivating designs grace the city’s utility boxes, adding a touch of inspiration and beauty to the daily lives of its residents. You can also check out the designs in the windows of EPB’s offices.

SOURCE: Chattanooga Pulse