2017 Recipient

Emily York Ozier                    
Emily Ozier graduated from Briarcrest Christian School in 1998.  She treasured the time she had in the Plus Program with Mrs. Lois Parker and credits Mrs. Parkers creative teaching style with preparing her for the creative work she does today.  Emily also credits her high school art teacher with playing a huge role in her art education, describing this time in her life as invaluable.
Emily’s mother, who is retired Briarcrest Spanish teacher, Marciel York, remembers discovering her daughter was an artist when at the age of three, she designed and painted a family of bumblebees and then created a 3-D house filled with bee furniture for them.  She published her first work, an illustrated cookbook at the age of 10.  Years and years of drawing laid the foundation for the painting that would come later in her life.
After high school, Emily attended Auburn University and graduated with a degree in communication and English Literature.  Since then, she has studied in Italy with an impressionist master focusing on a method passed down from the impressionist painter, John Singer Sargent.  In 2014 Emily attended training at Harvard seeking to deepen her understanding of how learning takes place in and through the arts.
Emily spends extended time in an apartment in Manhattan with daily time spent in the Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  This time also serves to edify her children’s educational principles of learning through experience and the arts.
Her artwork can be found in private and public collections throughout the United States and her collections are shown in galleries in London, England as well.  Emily and her husband John are the proud parents of six children and reside in Germantown, TN.