2011 Renaissance Award Winners

The Roanoke Arts Council is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s competitions which were awarded Saturday, October 8th during “A Renaissance in Roanoke”. For the second year the Council is awarding a $1000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who has exhibited artistic excellence in visual arts and who plans to pursue further education in the visual arts. This year’s winner is Adam Gayer a senior at Homestead High School. Adam writes, “Art is my true passion”. The Judges were; Rebecca Coffman, Professor of Art at Huntington University, Thelma Rohrer, Chair, Department of Art, Manchester College, and Cara Wade Art Program Director, Studio Art at Saint Francis University School of Creative Arts. The scholarship was fully funded by the “Fashion Art Gala” sponsored by One Resource Group at Joseph Decuis restaurant in Roanoke.

The Roanoke Elementary Plein Air was judged by James Sparrow, Executive Director of Arts United. 5th grade; Diamond Johnson,1st; Adam Clark, 2nd ;Elaina Teusch, 3rd; and Jessica Handline, Honorable Mention: 4th grade; Kyra Keplar, 1st; Noah Proffitt, 2nd ; Emily Friese, 3rd; Nathan Emly, Honorable Mention: 3rd grade; Hannah Whitney 1st; Isaiah Jones, 2nd ; Gabriel Keplar, 3rd; Evelkyn Lee Honorable Mention.

Dan Swartz of the Downtown Improvement District was the judge of the College Competition. Winners were: Nicholas Klein, IPFW 1st; Kevin Leigh-Manuell USF 2nd; Patrick Gainer USF 3rd; Ajna Lorae Wegenfeld, People's Choice.

Best in class ribbons were also awarded to artists in the Art Marketplace by Dan Swartz. Winners were:
Linn Bartling, Ceramics; Brett & Debbie Connelly, Glass; Greg & BJ Jordan, Jewelry, Michael Hapner, Mixed media; Terry Pulley, painting; Mark Tuttle, photography; Larry Wiedman, woodworking.

A Renaissance in Roanoke is partially funded by a Neighborhood Grant from Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne.

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