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PCPS Students Win Highest Awards in Polk Museum of Art Virtual Exhibition

PCPS Students Win Highest Awards in Polk Museum of Art Virtual Exhibition

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Winning artwork from the Our Finest exhibition

Under normal circumstances, the walls of the Polk Museum of Art would be adorned with the best work from Polk County’s “finest” high school student artists.

Thankfully, we can still share their talent with you.

“Our Finest” is now being showcased online as a virtual exhibition.

“This exhibition was originally scheduled to open in our George Jenkins Student Gallery, but now — in our newly remote world — the public is invited to celebrate and recognize the talents of our Polk County high school students virtually,” said Ellen Chastain, education manager for PMoA.

The countywide, juried competition was open to all Polk high school students and drew more than 300 submissions.

Ridge Community High’s Elizabeth Summers was awarded the top prize, the Polk County Commissioners Award. Her digital artwork, “Entrapment” (pictured above), will be displayed at the county commission building in Bartow for a year.

PCPS students also won first, second and third place in the “Our Finest” competition (works pictured below). Congratulations to Shaun Morgan from Harrison School for the Arts, Alison McNeely from Kathleen High, and Grace Knox from HSA.

“The artworks in the ‘Our Finest’ exhibition are extraordinary examples of the talent and imagination of our students. I am very proud of both the students and the teachers,” said Nancy Puri, senior coordinator of visual arts for PCPS.

“Many of these students are preparing for college, building portfolios and resumes. Now, they will be able to include that they are not only part of an exhibition in an accredited museum and Smithsonian affiliate, they are part of a virtual exhibition with a worldwide audience!”

Click here to see the full exhibition and list of award winners.

Winning artwork from the Our Finest exhibition

“Primal Influence,” first-place winner Shaun Morgan from Harrison School for the Arts

Winning artwork from the Our Finest exhibition

“Tea for Two With a Frog,” second-place winner Alison McNeely from Kathleen High

Winning artwork from the Our Finest exhibition

“Degraded,” third-place winner Grace Knox from Harrison School for the Arts