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.
We welcomed 13 teachers from 8 different North and South Carolina high schools for the 2019 Showcase of Excellence. Each year the exceptional painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, and photography work is displayed in Gallery I at Tryon Fine Arts Center, with a public awards ceremony on Saturday morning.
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.
2019 Award Winners
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 by Alexa Pass, Greer High School
Student's Choice Award (chosen by student visitors to the Gallery I exhibition): Craigh na Dun by Abby Billiu, Landrum High School
Facebook Award (chosen by "Likes" on Facebook during the exhibition): Zen Dog 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
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
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
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.