SHOWCASE OF EXCELLENCE
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.
Showcase of Excellence 2022
The 2022 Showcase of Excellence will held from February 19 - March 12 in the Parker Gallery at TFAC. Information about registration and Showcase rules can be found below. View the list of winners below.
Thank you to the 2022 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 or email us.
2022 AWARD WINNERS
Best in Show
Landrum High School
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
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
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.