Rachael S., Grade 8, Maclay Middle School, Kim Daniel, Art Teacher and (photo taken from COCA website)
Lauren F., Grade 8, Maclay Middle School, Kim Daniel, Art Teacher and (photo taken from COCA website)
Gallery goers were treated to a performance by student musicians from the Leon High School Chamber Music Program, directed by John Thayer. Nande DeGraff (violinist), Sophia Elzie (violist), Nancy Engel (violinist), and Shelby Morris (cellist) provided professional quality music, which further emphasized the high level of arts training students have access to through our schools.
The Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibition contains artwork from students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Each piece was specially selected for the artistic qualities it exemplified and the students participating in this show are the chosen artistic ambassadors for their schools. While it is an honor to be selected for this exhibition, regardless of grade level, the competitive component of the exhibit is focused only on the middle and high school students.
Because of the variety and quality of the artwork, this year’s judge faced a daunting task in making awards selections. Viki Thompson Wylder is the Curator of Education Emerita for the FSU Museum of Fine Arts and she spent a great deal of time considering each of the artworks and their merits. Additionally, the Mayor Andrew Gillum toured the exhibition and selected his favorite piece in the show. The Mayor’s Award serves as this exhibit’s “Best in Show” and his selection is a demonstration of the City’s commitment to support and nurture young and emerging artists.
After remarks from COCA’s Board Chair, Rosanne Wood and Superintendent of Schools, Jackie Pons, the award winners were announced.