DATE: May 9, 2018
Vero Beach, FL, May 9, 2018– The School District of Indian River County (SDIRC) is excited to announce the 2018 Superintendent’s Art Gallery, which will take place at the J.A. Thompson Administrative Center on May 15, 2018, at 6:00 P.M. SDIRC Board Member, Tiffany Justice, in collaboration with our district’s art teachers and sponsorship from the Executive Roundtable of Indian River County, have worked to coordinate and facilitate the highly anticipated Art Gallery. The Superintendent’s Art Gallery is created with the intention of celebrating and encouraging the fine arts programs in the School District of Indian River County. The School District recognizes education and engagement in the fine arts are an essential part of the school curriculum and an important component in the educational program of every student. Although some may regard art education as a luxury, simple creative activities are some of the most important building blocks of child development. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics may be more important than ever to the development of the next generation of children as they grow up.
SDIRC Board Member, Tiffany Justice, said, ““We are incredibly blessed to have such dedicated art educators in our district who jumped at the opportunity to recognize their student’s beautiful artwork. Pulling this event together has been a real team effort and I am very thankful for the help of Betsy Nelson, Osceola Magnet Art Teacher; Nancy Esplen and Peggy Poysell, Executive Assistants to the School Board and the Superintendent; and the many people in our district and community that have helped to make the Superintendent’s Art Gallery Award ceremony possible.”
SDIRC Superintendent, Dr. Mark Rendell, added, “I am in awe of the incredible pieces of art that have been created by our students. I am very excited to celebrate their talents and their hard work. The students, their families, and their teachers should all be very proud.”
Elementary and Secondary schools were invited to participate in the Superintendent’s Art Gallery. Each elementary school was asked to submit one piece of student 2-D artwork from each grade level that they serve. Secondary schools were asked to submit 3 pieces of student 2-D artwork from the school’s student body.
The artworks will be juried and a winner will be selected from each school. Judges for the Superintendent’s Art Gallery include, Brady Roberts, Executive Director at the Vero Beach Museum of Art; Shanti Sanchez, School, Youth, and Community Impact Programs Manager at the Vero Beach Museum of Art; Barbara Hoffman, Director of the Cultural Council of Indian River County; and Roy McLendon, Jr., Highwayman Artist. The winning piece of art from each school will be framed and displayed until the next Superintendent’s Art Gallery next year. The Superintendent will select and award one piece of artwork as “Best in Show.” The art awarded “Best in Show” will be permanently displayed in the J.A. Thompson Administrative Center.