Naples Art Association Presents $8,000 in College Scholarships to Collier County Students
NAPLES, FL — (April 20, 2011) – The Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center and Ringling College of Art and Design awarded $8,000 in college scholarships to seven Collier County high school juniors and seniors on Friday, April 15 during a formal awards ceremony. Started in 1971 by the Naples Art Association, the scholarship program was designed to encourage young aspiring artists to realize their dreams of becoming professionals in the visual arts. Now in its 40th year, the Association is proud to continue a legacy of fostering art education in the youth of Collier County.
The scholarship is named after Jade N. Riedel, an exceptional artist and Naples Art Association member who served as the chair of the scholarship exhibition program and was its chief fundraiser for many years. Following her death in 1997, the Association chose to rename the scholarship in her honor. Funding for the scholarship program is generated through event proceeds and individual donations.
A call for artists was submitted to all Collier County public and private high schools. In return, the association received 33 submissions from the following eight high schools: Barron Collier, Community School of Naples, Golden Gate, Gulf Coast, International Learning Academy, Lely, Naples, and Pametto Ridge. Ringling College of Art and Design juried the work to select one student to receive a $5,000 scholarship to attend Ringling. John Hushon, president of artnet AG, a global art company juried the work to award six students with a $500 scholarship. Decisions were based on originality, technique, composition, presentation and application of design principals.
John Treanor of Gulf Coast High School was awarded a $5,000 scholarship to attend Ringling College of Art and Design for his colored pencil drawing titled The ‘Fly’ Fisherman.
The following students each received a $500 scholarship to attend an accredited college:
* Victoria Core a senior at Community School of Naples for her photograph titled Reflections of Me.
* Lacey McKee a senior at Community School of Naples for her photograph titled Table for Two: The Sunset and Me.
* Jeremy Nemeth a senior at the International Learning Academy for his mixed media piece titled Into the Cosmic Grid.
* Katherine Navarro a senior at Palmetto Ridge High School for her untitled charcoal drawing.
* Erin Rectanus of Community School of Naples for her acrylic painting titled Shore of Flowers.
* Oscar Santiago a senior at Golden Gate High School for his graphic design piece titled Life is Better with Art In It.
“We were so pleased with the quality of the work that we received,” said Callie Spilane, Director of Education for the Naples Art Association. “From computer generated graphics to original painted works, this annual competition and exhibition showcases the broad range of talent in our local schools. To think that these students will go on to work in the fields of marketing, teaching, graphic design or even becoming a professional artist gives me great pride in knowing that we are helping to develop our next generation of artists.”
All submitted artwork will be on display at The von Liebig Art Center located at 585 Park Street in Naples through April 30. Admission to view the exhibition is free.
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The Naples Art Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 1954. The primary goals of The Naples Art Association is to educate and promote visual arts in Southwest Florida by holding exhibitions, art festivals and educational classes for adults and children. Today the organization boasts over 1,000 members and operates The von Liebig Art Center located at 585 Park Street in downtown Naples. The art center is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call (239) 262-6517, visit naplesart.org, follow us on facebook at facebook.com/vonliebigcenter or twitter at twitter.com/vonliebigart.