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.
The 2021 Showcase of Excellence will be February 13 through March 6 at the Tryon Fine Arts Center. An opening reception and award ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 13 at 10:30 AM. The registration and rules will be updated for 2021. Stay tuned!
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.
Please click the buttons above for rules, entry forms and parent permission slips. The deadline date for entry forms and artwork will be announced at a later date.
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.
For more information, please contact TFAC at 828.859.8322 or email us.
2020 Award Winners
Best in Show
Querencia (drawing), Melissa Trejo-Villa, Greer High School
People's Choice Award (chosen by visitors of the Gallery exhibition): Busy Bee, Stella Tallon, Polk County High School
Facebook Award (chosen by "Likes" on Facebook during the exhibition): Pyrisitia Lisa, Katherine Lawson, Boiling Springs High School
1st: Insight, Dora Hill, Greer HS
2nd: Ephemeral, Sofia Gomez, Greer HS
3rd: Strong, Sylvir Dollar, East Henderson HS
Honorable Mention: 4664-Tomatoes, Pashion Oswalt, Boiling Springs HS
1st: Day is Done, Sarah Hoffman, Dorman HS
2nd: Death’s Rose, Aleksandria Morozov, Landrum HS
3rd: Everlasting Hope, Kaylie Jennings, Boiling Springs HS
Honorable Mention: Bubbly, Rhyan Osteen, Dorman HS
1st: The Hive, Abigail Burnett, Dorman HS
2nd: M’m! M’m! Good!, Mackenzie Smith, Landrum HS
3rd: Lost, Brianna LaRue, East Henderson HS
Honorable Mention: A Full Closet, Samantha Acker, Dorman HS
1st: Color on the Run, Skylar Moad, Greer HS
2nd: The Mirror, Brianna Jenkins, East Henderson HS
3rd: The Journey Within, Samuel Silva Giraldo, Greer HS
Honorable Mention: Emerald Eye, Faith Brookshire, East Henderson HS
1st: Ferris Wheel, Kayla Williams, Polk County HS
2nd: Blue-bird, Kaden Loyer, Polk County HS
3rd: Remember, Sarah Hoffman, Dorman HS
Honorable Mention: Betta, Komila Siddik, Boiling Springs HS
1st: Rainbow Frog, Mackenzie Macintosh, Dorman HS
2nd: Calamari, Mari Towne, Polk County HS
3rd: Beehive Beauty, Caroline Barry, Dorman HS
Honorable Mention: Precious Petals, Victoria Spelman, Dorman HS
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.