For hundreds of students in Sarasota County, the Spring Art Show gives them a chance to show their work and compete for big prize money. Prizes included a full-year tuition scholarship from State College of Florida and two $10,000 scholarships from Ringling College of Art and Design.
(May 20, 2022) Students from 17 elementary, seven middle, and six high schools throughout Sarasota County showed off their creative talents at the North County K-12 Spring Art Show, May 10-21, at Art Center Sarasota. Fifty teachers participated in the effort. Debra Markley, Sarasota High School’s art department chairperson, and Angela Hartvigsen, the fine arts program specialist for Sarasota County Schools, led the coordination. The North County Art show is presented in conjunction with the South County Art Show at the Venice Art Center to comprise the Sarasota County Schools’ Spring Art Show, serving all the county’s public schools. Judges for the North County Show were Diane Zorn (Ringling College Continuing Studies & Special Studies); Jason Stockman (SCF’s Art Design & Humanities department); Krista Nemeth (senior assistant director of admissions for Ringling College); and Amber Halt (marketing director at Daiquiri Deck). Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For information, visit www.artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032.
Christina Baril, Art Center Sarasota’s exhibitions coordinator, says there were plenty of awards to compete for. She explains that students in K-8th grades were awarded “Best of the Best” recognition—approximately two awards per grade per school. “High school students had their work judged in 12 categories by arts educators,” she says. “Winning artwork was awarded first-, second- and third-place place ribbons.”
High school students were eligible for several large awards. State College of Florida offered one full-year tuition scholarship. Ringling College of Art and Design awarded two $10,000 scholarships. The college also offered $325 scholarships to be applied toward teen concentration or pre-college courses at Ringling College.
Other awards included: A $100 Best in Show prize for a senior from Education Foundation of Sarasota County; two $100 prizes from Art Center Sarasota; a $100 prize from Art & Frame Sarasota; a $200 prize from the Sarasota Art Educators Association; and a $100 award from Arts Advocates.
Here’s a glimpse at some of the top winners:
- State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota awarded a full year of tuition to Cierra Smith (North Port High School). Judges were Margy Rich and Jason Stockman of SCF’s Art, Design and Humanities department.
- Ringling College awarded $10,000 to Layna Malave (Pine View School) and Christina Petrole (North Port High School). The judge was Krista Nemeth, senior assistant director of admissions at Ringling College.
Best of School Award sponsored by Ringling College’s Continuing Studies & Special Studies. Students received a $325 credit to take a class:
- Abigail Schmitt (Booker High School)
- Jamie Vaccaro (Riverview High School)
- Aedan Teitsch (Sarasota High School)
Special awards were:
- Imaginative and Epic Award ($100): Sponsored by Art Center Sarasota: Madeleine Harwell (Sarasota High School)
- Originality Award ($200): Sponsored by Sarasota Arts Educators Association: Linzie Goodnight (Sarasota High School)
- Most Expressive Award ($100): Sponsored by Art and Frame Sarasota: Sophia Zaza (Riverview High School)
- Most Creative Award: ($100): Sponsored by Art Center Sarasota: Evanah Rodriguez (Riverview High School)
About Art Center Sarasota
Art Center Sarasota was the first arts and cultural institution in Sarasota. Founded in 1926 as the “Sarasota Art Association” by Marcia Rader, the art supervisor for the Sarasota County schools district, the Association was later incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1943 and has been in its current location in the Sarasota Bayfront Cultural District since 1949. Art Center Sarasota is a member-supported organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions, adult and youth education programs, outreach initiatives for underserved youth, and culturally related public programming. Art Center Sarasota is admission-free and open to all public; its mission is to inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual art opportunities.
Art Center Sarasota
707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Saturday: Noon-5 p.m.