2012 Renaissance Award Winners

The Roanoke Arts Council is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s competitions which were awarded Saturday, October 13th during “A Renaissance in Roanoke”. For the third 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 Anna Reinhold a senior at Angola High School. Anna writes, “I love designing new things and putting unique ideas together”. The Judges were; Rebecca Coffman, Professor of Art at Huntington University, Thelma Rohrer, Chair, Department of Art, Manchester University, and Cara Wade Art Program Director, Studio Art at Saint Francis University School of Creative Arts.

The Roanoke Elementary Plein Aire paint-out was judged by James Sparrow, Executive Director of Arts United. 5th Grade Plein Air watercolors: 1st place- Dairian Goelz, 2nd place - Carissa Beck 3rd place - Luke Hentz Honorable Mention - Ashlynn Foster. 4th Grade Monet's Bridge: 1st place - Hanna Whitney, 2nd place - Sam Hentz, 3rd place - Dierra Coleman, Honorable Mention - Rebecca Sorenson. 3rd Grade Cubism of Roanoke School: 1st place - Garrett Schwieterman, 2nd place - Shannon Sorg, 3rd place - Abi Dominguez, Honorable Mention - Brady Henline
Ann Shive owner of Crestwoods Frame Shop and Gallery was the judge of the College Competition. Winners were: Dennis MS Hettler of the Univeristy of Saint Francis, 1st, Dane Curtis IPFW 2nd, and Stacey Lee Simpson USF 3rd. The People's Choice was Jay Dee Downam of IPFW.

Best in class ribbons were also awarded to artists in the Art Marketplace by Dan Swartz of the Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District. Winners were: Joseph Pelka, Ceramics; Karen Meyer; Glass;, Susan Karczewski Jewelry, College Art, Mixed media; Tammy Jo Hyndman, painting; Jeremy Ashcraft, photography; Alan Longroy woodworking; Sue Parrish, recycled art and Bryan Griese, metalworking.

The Plein Aire paint-out winners were: Diana Fair, 1st; Gwen Gutwein 2nd and Deanna Harvey 3rd. Charles Shepard, Director of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art judged the competition and purchased the painting done by Heather Houser for the Museum.

“A Renaissance in Roanoke” is partially funded by a Neighborhood Grant from Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Indiana Arts Commission the National Endowment for the Arts and Vera Bradley.

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