Showcase of Excellence features the exceptional artistic talent of high school students in our area. This premier event is a juried fine arts competition that offers young artists their first taste of a professional gallery environment. Cash prizes are awarded for the top student artists and teachers.

Eligibility: High school teachers in North and South Carolina are invited to submit their students' best work in painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, and photography.

Prizes: First Prize and Best in Show students are awarded a cash prize to encourage their artist pursuits. Winning teachers are awarded a Be Inspired Grant that they may use for classroom projects. These prizes are made possible by our generous donors.

View the list of 2022 winners below.

Showcase of Excellence 2023

The 2023 Showcase of Excellence will held from  in the JP Gallery at TFAC, February 4-February 25, 2023. The Opening Public Reception and Award Recognition will be offered on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 10:30AM.


Information about registration and Showcase rules can be found below.

Thank you to the 2023 sponsors!

- NC Arts Council

- Duke Energy Foundation

- Kiwanis Club of Tryon

For information about the 2023 Showcase, please contact Tryon Fine Arts Center at 828.859.8322 T-F between 10 AM - 4 PM or email us.


Best in Show

Midori Ramsey

Landrum High School


People's Choice

Abbie Love

Polk County High School



1st Place - "Beetle"- Ridge Burnett,  PCHS

2nd Place - "Trauma"- Jeremy Moss, LHS and

"Radial Design" - Yolanda Nuci,  BSHS

3rd Place - "Urban's Room" - Matthew Gibson, DHS

Honorable Mention - “August” - Kaylee Koch, LHS and

"Tree Frog" - Reina Gonzalez Monroy, Dorman Freshman Campus


Mixed Media

1st Place - "Isolation" - Austin Mace, PCHS

2nd Place - "Bird in a Tree" - Karson Browning, BSHS

3rd Place - "The Duality of Man" - Laura Packer, PCHS

Honorable Mention - “Academic Validation” - Bella Davis, DHS



1st Place - "The Hermit" - Sara Bailey, DHS

2nd Place - "Western Glory" - Matthew Gibson, DHS

3rd Place - "Rhyan” - Sara Bailey, DHS


1st Place - "El es mi armadura brillante, protector y mi papa" - Lesly Leal, DHS

2nd Place - "White Owl" - Esflali Salazar, BSHS

3rd Place - "Hidden Anguish" - Laura Packer, PCHS

Honorable Mention - "Playing Bass" - Mollie Moore, EHHS


Photography/Digital Media

1st Place - "Corruption" - Bailey Verdell, BSHS

2nd Place - "Teal" - Riley Gilbert, BSHS

3rd Place - "Invisible" - Makenzie Camp, Dorman Freshman Campus

Honorable Mention - "Rainy Day" - Faith Baker, EHHS



1st Place - "Tough Life" - Jade Scarborough, EHHS

2nd Place - “Edgar the Frog" - Sydney Tingler, DHS

3rd Place - "Teddy Bear" - Abby Horton, DHS

Thank you to all who make Showcase of Excellence a success for our teachers and students.

To learn more about supporting Arts in Education call Executive Director Marianne Carruth at 828-859-8322.