Public, private and home-schooled high school aged students are eligible to enter the Reba Bacon Memorial High School Art Competition with an approved entry form.  The Cumberland Art Society, 186A S. Walnut Ave., Cookeville has sponsored this annual event for 33 years.

Any student that is in grade 9-12 may submit one entry per category BUT a teacher, principal, instructor, or parent MUST SPONSOR THEM. Entry forms and more detailed information can be obtained by calling the art society office, 931-526-2424.  Their open hours are Monday thru Friday, 12-4 and Sunday 1-4.  The deadline for entries and artwork must be at the Cumberland Art Society office no later than 4:00 pm, Sunday, February 27, 2011.

Artwork may be registered in nine categories (or media) with four monetary awards for each group.  This is the only judged high school competition in this area that offers monetary awards.  Samuel Bacon donated monies in memory of his late wife, Reba, whose legacy was to encourage and stimulate young artists in the Upper Cumberland Region.  The Kiwanis Club and Cookeville Arts Council also supplement the competition.

The 33rd Reba Bacon Memorial High School Competition will open with a reception to honor the participants on Sunday March 6, 2011 with an awards ceremony at 2:00 pm.  The Cumberland Art Society sponsors this competition and will exhibit the entries in their gallery March 6-27, 2011.  The citizens of this area are encouraged to show their support by attending the reception or visiting the gallery during the month.