Students at Lake Lure Classical Academy were selected for Showcase of Excellence, a juried art show and exhibition at Tryon Fine Arts Center. Their work was featured during the Evening of Excellence reception on Sunday, April 23.

The works were created under the instruction of Layne Long, art teacher at Lake Lure Classical Academy, and represent disciplines including painting, mixed media, and drawing.

Mike Rigney, chair of the Showcase of Excellence committee at TFAC said “In this fourth year of Showcase of Excellence the program continues to grow in the number of schools participating, as well as the quality of works submitted. Showcase of Excellence provides high school students a unique opportunity to compete their creativity and talents against area-wide peers in six medium categories that are professionally juried and exhibited at TFAC. In addition to public recognition and opportunity for awards and prizes, student artists experience the challenge of generating commercial appeal for their artwork.”

Showcase of Excellence is an annual celebration of art students and classrooms in the foothills. Art educators in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina were invited to submit student work for the juried exhibition, on display at Tryon Fine Arts Center from March 11 through April 23. More than 60 works in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and mixed media were submitted from eight regional schools.

On April 23 the Evening of Excellence reception at Tryon Fine Arts Center recognized the artists’ work with cash prizes and an art auction. Many of the students’ works was available for sale.

Proceeds from Showcase of Excellence fund prizes for student artists and teachers, and support Tryon Fine Art Center’s Be Inspired Grants (BIG) program. BIG provides funds to teachers in local classrooms to integrate arts experiences into the curriculum, and encourages cross-discipline projects that would otherwise come from teachers’ own pockets.