*Due to interruptions in funding due to COVID-19, we are temporarily suspending our grants programs until further notice. We are currently working to raise the funding, as teachers and students need our help more than ever.  If you would like to donate specifically to the Showcase of Excellence program, please contact Executive Director, Marianne Carruth at (828) 859-8322, or donate directly.

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.


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

Photography/Digital Media

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


Mixed Media

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.