Winners announced of Art of Minecraft Design & Build Contest

Art of Minecraft contest

*Blog post written by marketing intern Eric Jones from Rhodes College.*

This summer, Brooks Museum challenged all Minecraft fanatics to design and build the world’s coolest and most creative art museum.

We received a resounding response: 251 entries across three age categories, including over 200 entries from ages 12 and under. Three judges, The Art of Video Games site curator Dr. Stanton Thomas and artists Michael Roy (Buggin & Shruggin: A Glitched History of Gaming Culture) and Kenneth Wayne Alexander II (Surreal Kingdoms), sifted through the submissions using four criteria: creativity of the museum name, creativity of the museum design, originality, and the entry description.

Minecraft judging

To quote Michael Roy, “It was a huge pleasure to get to see so much creativity involved in creating a museum. The only unhappy moment was having to pick such few winners when surrounded by so much great work!”

Michael’s words perfectly captured our feelings about this inagural event. We are eager to keep developing other ways to get all ages creatively involved with the Brooks Museum and ultimately excited about art.

  • First place winners each received an $85 GameStop gift certificate and a family membership for a year to the Brooks Museum.
  • Second prize winners received a $50 GameStop gift certificate and two Museum day passes.
  • Third prize winners received a $25 GameStop gift certificate and two Museum day passes.

Art of Minecraft Design & Build Contest Results:

Ages 12 and under:

First place: Anna Clark (12), Senatobia, MS, The Jungle Art Museum

Second place: Mark Hieatt (11), Cordova, TN, Glass Dome Museum of Art

Third place: John Marston, Jr. (11),  Memphis, TN, Marston’s Museum of Art

Ages 13 – 17:

First place: Alexander Rapp (17),  Germantown, TN, Retro-Symmetry

Second place: Ethan Marek Ferguson (15), Cordova, TN, New Santorini

Third place: Samantha Barton (13), Atoka, TN, The Iris Art Museum of Awesomeness

Ages 18 and up:

First place: Will Merrell (35), Cordova, TN, All Natural Museum Inn

Second place: Robin Poche (37), Collierville, TN, La Musee Arc-en-ciel

Third place: Chris Carter (24), Millington, TN, The Art of Art

*Click on the photos to see the image full-size.*

The Art of Video Games is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from the Entertainment Software Association Foundation; Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins; Shelby and Frederick Gans; Mark Lamia; Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk; Rose Family Foundation; Betty and Lloyd Schermer; and Neil Young. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go.

Wacky Wednesdays: Free, fun, family-friendly summer event series

Child playing in the interactive gallery.

Child playing in the interactive gallery. (Source: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art)

Are you looking for something to get your kids out of the house during the summer break? Join us at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art for a free, fun, family-friendly summer of art and film in our Wacky Wednesday Summer Series.

Every Wednesday from 10 am until 12 pm in June and July, independent and international children’s short films and animated versions of beloved classics are shown in the Brooks auditorium. Families also have the opportunity to make art together in our drop-in studio.

Several of the films are made by independent animators and directors from all over the world and are movies children rarely get to see.

The children’s short films July schedule:

  • Wednesday, July 1
    • Morningbird and Murmelton on Winter Holiday (Norway), One Cool Friend (USA), Wild About Books (USA), Walkin’ the Dog (Hungary), The Dot (USA), Bitseller (Spain).
  • Wednesday, July 8
    • Planting a Rainbow (USA), My Garden (USA), Linnea in Monet’s Garden (USA).
  • Wednesday, July 15
    • The Curious Garden (USA), Pet Show! (USA), Tumble Leaf: Shiny Coins and Tumble Leaf: Fig Finds a Shadow, Relax (USA), Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator (USA).
  • Wednesday, July 22
    • Giraffes Can’t Dance (USA), Elizabeti’s Doll (USA), The Trompeteer (Mexico), Ada and Otto (Estonia).
  • Wednesday, July 29
    • The Elephant and the Bicycle (Belgium/France), The Present (Germany), Fresh Out of School (France), Silent (USA), A Picture for Harold’s Room (USA),The Trip (USA), Extra Yarn (USA).

Previouly shown films:

  • Wednesday, June 3
    • Cloudette (USA, 2013), The Mobile (Mexico), Zebra (Germany), Art (USA), Harold and the Purple Crayon (USA), Sandra Boynton’s Alligator Stroll (USA), Super Spiny Shiny Grocey Store (Taiwan).
  • Wednesday, June 10
    • Little Matryoshka (Turkey), Where the Wild Things Are (USA), Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (USA), Crazy Hair Day (USA), Leonardo the Terrible Monster (USA).
  • Wednesday, June 17
    • The Ant and the Grasshopper (USA), Antarctic Antics (USA), The Pink Helmet Posse (USA), Decorations (Japan).
  • Wednesday, June 24
    • The Magic Ferret (Canada), How Shammies Were Getting Married (Latvia), Birdwatching (Portugal), All the Colors of the Earth (USA), Little Ruddy (Latvia).

This summer is really special as we explore play and art and celebrate our special exhibition the Art of Video Games. There is an interactive gallery space just for kids!

Families in the interactive gallery during a Wacky Wednesday event.

Families in the interactive gallery during a Wacky Wednesday event. (Source: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art)

Wacky Wednesdays are very popular and usually bring in a large crowd, so keep that in mind!

Our Wacky Wednesday series provides a creative outlet during the summer for families, as well as, day camps and child care centers.

As a reminder, if you are part of a daycare center for school, every visit to Brooks Museum is free as long as you make reservations. Click here for more information.

Wacky Wednesdays are open for groups of up to 60 students, and one chaperone is required for every eight students. All our galleries are open for kids to explore during and after the events happening downstairs.

Kids at the Art of Video Games exhibition.

Kids at the Art of Video Games exhibition. (Source: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art)

Your family is always welcome at The Brushmark Restaurant, but we are asking you to help us preserve the artwork by not bringing in outside food and drinks. Click here to see the children’s menu. 

Click here to learn more about Brooks Museum’s events for kids and families.

Wacky Wednesdays Summer Series is sponsored by Thomas & Betts.

The Art of Video Games is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from the Entertainment Software Association Foundation; Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins; Shelby and Frederick Gans; Mark Lamia; Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk; Rose Family Foundation; Betty and Lloyd Schermer; and Neil Young. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go.

From Cave Art to Post Modernism: Thinking in Curlicues

“Most of my life I’ve thought in straight lines. It seems to me that artists think outside the box and in curlicues,” Rebecca Barton, DDS, on what being a Brooks docent taught her.

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What a treat it’s been to be involved with the Brooks Docent Program. After having retired from a career in dentistry I was actively seeking some “fun” projects in which to engage.  I’ve always enjoyed art but was quite unsophisticated in the history and techniques involved therein.  The well-organized and well-taught docent training class was, to me, like getting a Master’s degree in art history and art appreciation.  In addition, the Memphis Brooks Museum becomes “Yours.”  As you learn about the founders and major contributors to the museum and its collections, you gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation not only of the art, but also about the history of Memphis and its people.  In fact, with each new exhibit you learn more about our world history and receive in-depth information about the individual artists and their work. After having gone from Cave Art to Post Modernism in class, you then have the opportunity to share some of that insight with children and adults in an attempt to enhance their experiences while here at the Brooks…and also enjoy and learn from them. Continue reading

Extra Wacky Wednesday

About a minute into “Hot Topic”,  a song by NYC electroclash band LeTigre, artist Faith Ringgold gets a shout out. She’s in good company. The song continues, paying tribute to the artists who have inspired the band: Yoko Ono, to Aretha Franklin, to Eleanor Antin.
Not mentioned, is pioneer video artist Nam June Paik, but as Wynne Greenwood‘s music video for “Hot Topic” shows, Paik’s influence is never far away.
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