2013 Emerging Artists Competition


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Please note that the awards reception will be held on November 8th!

USCB recognizes high school art students at 2nd annual “2012 Emerging Artist Competition”

Beaufort, SC- The University of South Carolina Beaufort celebrated the exemplary artistic achievements of junior and senior high school students at the second annual Celebrate the Arts festival held on the Historic Beaufort campus on March 23. Over 100 people were in attendance, including high school art students and their instructors, as well as members of the community.


Participants enjoyed lunch served by Mayor Billy Keyserling and City Council member Mike McFee under the large oak tree on the grounds of the Historic Beaufort campus. Out of the100+ submissions that the USCB Emerging Artist Competition received, 40 entries from 27 students were accepted and will continue to be on display in the USCB Center for the Arts through May 18.


In determining the winners, USCB Studio Art professor Jon Goebel explained, “ We look for students who possess strong technical skills in addition to developing original ideas – with the hopes that the student might choose USCB as the school to pursue an art degree. But, even if a selected student chooses to go elsewhere for their college education, the inclusion into this show is important and can be used as a testament for the quality and presentation of their work.”


marblesFirst place was awarded to Karimen Ambrocio from Hilton Head High School for “Marbles Still Life.” Kelsey Borden from Bluffton High School was awarded second place for “Cinderella Day Dream.” Cameron Holsclaw from Bluffton High School took third place with “Vigilance.” These top three works chosen by the jurors will receive annual art scholarship awards of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. Other entries accepted into the exhibition will receive honorable mention awards consisting of $500 annual art scholarships.




Honorable Mention Awardees:


Bluffton HS

Brianna Ursillo  

Wanerger Velasquez  

Candice Schroder  

Joanna Ryba  

Amelia Pinckney  

Lanie Miller  


Dawningtown HS, PA

Kelsey Paparo


Effingham County HS, GA

Courtney Gatch  


Beaufort High

Brittany Sutton


Home School

Frances Mcnair


Manassas Park HS, VA

Lizanna Stone  


Hilton Head HS

Santiago Tovar  

Kimberly Mandigo  

Barnabe Torres  

Will Lattman  

Miles Helman  

Karla Boyd  

Robin Kaeding  

Adrian Austin  

Ross Dungan  

Samantha Campbell  

Leanne Pawlak  


The keynote address was delivered by West Fraser, who has captured the character, aesthetics and history of the Lowcountry in his paintings for over 30 years. Fraser encouraged the students who are truly willing to make a commitment in the arts. “There are many avenues that can lead to prosperous lives as a creative person. There is a future in the emerging creative economy, and anyone willing to make the commitment to hard work, serious endeavor, passion for learning, and an open mind to all possibilities can succeed…There are more opportunities to graduates of art programs today than ever before and for creative individuals, the 21st century is now, your time.”


For more information, please contact Dr. Lisa Ciresi at ciresi@uscb.edu.