Showcase of Excellence recognizes artists in area schools
Published 12:56 pm Thursday, February 16, 2023
TRYON–Tryon Fine Arts Center congratulates the artists who received awards at this year’s Showcase of Excellence. The winners were announced at the opening reception on February 4, in the JP Gallery located at the Tryon Fine Arts Center.
Showcase of Excellence recognizes high school artists and visual arts instructors from upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina. There are 128 works of art currently on exhibit. Tryon Arts and Crafts School Executive Director Will Barclift served as juror for this year’s showcase.
The exhibit continues through Saturday, February 25 with gallery hours Tuesday-Friday 12 noon-4 p.m., Fridays 4-6 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m-1 p.m.
Winners for the 2023 Showcase of Excellence are:
Best in Show: Recreation of “Portrait of the Artist Holding a Thistle” by Albrecht Dürer (Photography/Digital Media) by Veronica Glinyany, Dorman High School, under the instruction of Robert Urban and Austin Baker.
In the Drawing category:
1st – “Abscond” by Antanina Kutsilina, Greer High School
2nd – “Beauty in Bloom” by Abigail Athelli, Greer High School
3rd – “Moonlight Reality” by Taylor Huff, Boiling Springs High School
In the Painting category:
1st – “Two-Faced” by Madelyn Laye, Dorman High School
2nd – “Cockfight” by Savannah Hicks, Chapman High School
3rd – “Self Portrait” by Linda De Angelo, Boiling Springs High School
In the Printmaking category:
1st – “Layers of Lilies” by Nicole Goodwin, Spartanburg Christian Academy
2nd – “The Tranquility” by Emily Lòpez Jóse, East Henderson High School
3rd – “Regrowth from Junk” by Drew Canada, Spartanburg Christian Academy
In the Photography/Digital Media category:
1st “Finally Returned” by Gabriel Schlesinger, East Henderson High School
2nd – “City View” by Caleb Swafford, Spartanburg Christian Academy
3rd – “Childhood Fears” by Sophia Baugh, Spartanburg Christian Academy
In the Mixed Media category:
1st – “Mama Bird” by Kaitlynn Starling, Dorman Freshman Campus
2nd – “Entrance” by Kaley Jackson, Chapman High School
3rd – “The Discovery!” by Maggie Beard, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy
Honorable Mention – “Old Becomes New” by Austin Mace, Polk County High School
In the Sculpture category:
1st – “Rose” by Aileen Ocampo, Dorman Freshman Campus
2nd – “Marilyn Mask” by Mia Johnson, Greer High School
3rd – “The Face of Klimt” by Madison Tucker, Greer High School
Congratulations to these talented artists and their teachers! In addition, gallery visitors may vote for the People’s Choice Award to be announced at the show’s closing.
Showcase of Excellence is made possible by Tryon Fine Arts Center – Arts Education and Outreach sponsors and donors Duke Energy, and North Carolina Arts Council. Many thanks for their commitment which makes this program possible.
Submitted by Terry brown