Each year The Arts Council presents the Marvin S. Cone Annual High School Juried Art Show to recognize the artistic talents of Martin County high school students. Participating students are from Martin County, South Fork and Jensen Beach High Schools, Clark Advanced Learning Center and The Pine School. The art teachers at each school select each piece of artwork for entry in the exhibit. It is a highly competitive process; the categories for cash awards are photography, painting, sculpture, mixed media/assemblage, printmaking, and drawing.
The awards reception for the 29th Annual Marvin S. Cone Annual High School Juried Art Show was held on April 23rd, 2015 at the Court House Cultural Center Gallery. Awards were presented for the Best of Show as well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each of five mediums. Additionally, each high school principal and the school superintendent select pieces to purchase that become a part of a permanent collection at their respective high schools and the superintendent’s office.
The student exhibit is sponsored by Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Beard, Bush, Goldman, Kilbride, Waters, Robison, and McCluskey L.L.P.; Publix Super Market Charities, Palm City Art & Frame, Women Supporting the Arts, Karen L. Barnes, and Vianne Nichols.
Reactions to the exhibit from education leaders in our community:
“Each year the High School Juried Art show reveals the surface of the talent pool found in Martin County. The messages in the submissions show the passion of our young adults. While I get to enjoy student art every day on my campus, the general public can only get a glimpse of the students’ creative depth in this show. “
David Hall, Principal South Fork High School
“The Pine School was absolutely thrilled with the awards and recognitions that our students and other local students received in the HS Juried Art Show. It is a testament to their talent as well as to the strength and growth of the arts programs in our local high schools and the growth of support for those programs in Martin County. For many students, this is the first time they have taken part in the excitement and prestige of a real gallery experience and I am honored to be part of this great annual event with them.”
Phyllis Parker, Head of School, The Pine School
“Truly one of my favorite events showcasing our student’s visual artistry. It reflects the quality of our educators who cultivate each students’ creativity as well as a tribute to our youth!”
Ginger Featherstone, Assistant Superintendent, Martin County School District