Showcase of Excellence recognizes young artists

Tryon Fine Arts Center heartily congratulates the young artists who took home prizes at this year’s Showcase of Excellence.

Showcase of Excellence recognizes young artists and visual arts instructors from upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina.

Over 150 works of art were selected for inclusion in the late winter exhibition by juror and arts educator Laura Mitchell.

Winners for the 2019 Showcase of Excellence include:

Best in Show: Ma Ma (Painting) by Maddie West, Dorman High School
People’s Choice Award (chosen by adult visitors to the Gallery I exhibition): Pretty Place (Painting) by Alexa Pass, Greer High School
Student’s Choice Award (chosen by student visitors to the Gallery I exhibition): Craigh na Dun (Painting) by Abby Billiu, Landrum High School
Facebook Award (chosen by “Likes” on Facebook during the exhibition): Zen Dog (Drawing) by Sara Bailey, Dorman Freshman Campus

1st Unnoticed by Leah Marr, East Henderson High
2nd Thomas by Leslie Sanchez-Mejia, Greer High
3rd Red Door by Jenna Scarboro, Greer High

1st An Ode to Prey by Leia Johnson, Chapman High
2nd Color or No Color by Itzel Avellaneda-Cruz, Polk County High
3rd March to the Sea by Abigail Doerr, Landrum High

1st Landscape by Caleb Grady, East Henderson High
2nd Three Generations by Abigail Campuzano, Landrum High
3rd The Street of Life by Sandy Blom, Landrum High

Photography/Digital Media
1st Soul of a Tiger by Faith Brookshire, East Henderson High
2nd Color Blind by Leah Marr, East Henderson High
3rd Self Portrait by Ashlyn Butler, Dorman Freshman Campus

Mixed Media
1st Sibling Universe by Ava Marino, Polk County High
2nd Ocean Haze by Reece Stanley, Boiling Springs High
3rd Untitled Landscape by Tapp Cameron Bennett, Landrum High

1st Geoffrey by Chloe Bezzak, Polk County High
2nd Fear is the Highest Fence by Maddy Matthews, Greer High
3rd A Lily Pad’s Roots by Skylar Moed, Greer High

Congratulations to these talented artists and their teachers!

Showcase of Excellence is made possible by the following Arts in Education sponsors and donors: Duke Energy, Gannett Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Tryon, North Carolina Arts Council, Rotary Club of Tryon Foundation, TD Bank, Tryon Daily Bulletin plus Showcase of Excellence Donors Lucy & Tim Brannon,  Tara & Drew Brannon, Sandy Halbkat, Amber Keeran & Jeff Jenkins, Margie & Ron Pankey, Stuart B. Evans, Linda Hudgins. Their commitment makes this program possible.