As part of our commitment to bring art education into the community, a Budding Artist Competition for grades 6-12 or ages 9-19 was integrated within the art show. Sponsored by Institute for the Arts & Education, the associated 501c3 non-profit, students are encouraged to submit his/her original art that was publicly displayed in the art show the entire weekend.
One $100 Best of Youth Art:
Sophia Peréz, Age 13, Painting, Gulf Middle School
Three $50 Youth Art Awards of Excellence:
Nalin Isme, Age 13, Painting, Three Oaks Middle School
Ayden Abreu, Age 15, Drawing, Lely High School
Alyssa Mellert, Age 13, Mixed-Media, Corkscrew Middle School
A special mention to Youth Artist Nalin Isme. Since 2013, when Nalin was age five, he has entered his work into the Youth Art and Budding Artist Competitions. He has now won 17 out of 21 times – with all different judges! Also – Budding Artist Sophia Peréz is now a 3x out of 3x award winner! Congratulations to both Nalin and Sophia Budding Artist stars!