NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) -- Dolls, bikes, and colorful skulls covered the walls of the Union County Heritage Museum on Tuesday.
The artwork in the exhibit showcases pieces crafted by the hands of New Albany high school students.
"It gives students a sense of the importance of what they are doing and validates their artistic experience. Once you make something, and once you show it in a gallery with formal gallery experience with an opening and reception, I think it makes them understand that what they do is important," said Jill Smith, director of the Union County Heritage Museum.
The "Blooming Colors and Wonderful Things" competition is held annually during the spring. Students also have the chance to have their art work purchased by the museum to be displayed in their student collection.
Some students used forms of social media to gather inspiration for their creations.
"This piece is one of our Instagram paintings that we got off of Instagram and painted. This is actually me and all of my friends sitting on the wall of the baseball field," said Abby Spencer, a sophomore at New Albany High School.
Students expressed their creativity in a number of different categories including, photography, 3-D art, and painting.
"Art is so important. We are all creative in some way or another, and we need to be able to express it. Art gives you the opportunity to express yourself in different ways," Smith added.