Okaloosa Art Students Show Off Their Creativity

The Okaloosa County School District and the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation recently held the 2013 Okaloosa County K-12 Student Art Show at the C.H. “Bull” Rigdon Fairgrounds in Fort Walton Beach.  This annual event exhibited over 2,400 pieces of student artwork from over 20 elementary and 14 middle and high schools.

“This year’s art show was absolutely wonderful,” said Kim Moran, Fort Walton Beach High School Art Teacher and this year’s show organizer.  “The students work showed a lot of thought and hard work in creating their pieces. The 3-dimensional art from the middle schools blew us away. For middle school this is a challenge because getting materials to create 3-dimensional art can sometimes be difficult. The 2-dimensional art work created by the middle school students was also wonderful. The art work created by the high school students was phenomenal. Even the judges made comments about the art work this year being wonderful.”

Moran went on to say, “The elementary schools art was a delight to see. It was amazing to see all the different kinds of art the students have done this year. It was interesting to see how students created art from books they had read, made food art (the cupcakes looked delicious), the neat chess game pieces, all their drawings and paintings, wire sculptures and much more. Congratulations to all the art teachers and students for such a wonderful show.”

2D Middle School Best of Show Art Winner – Tim Tuper, Ruckel Middle School

Title: Golden Tree Frog; Category: Drawing; Medium: Scratch Board; Teacher: Patterson


3D Middle School Best of Show Art Winner – Sarah Adams, Saint Mary School

Title: Bloomin’ Book; Category: Sculpture; Medium: Paper; Teacher: Wilbas

2D High School Best of Show Art Winner – Valerie Tucker, Choctawhatchee High School

Title: Bird of Hera; Category: Mosaic; Medium: Glass; Teacher: Reagan

3D High School Best of Show Art Winner – Diana Valles, Fort Walton Beach High School

Title: Return of the Cretaceous Period; Category: Sculpture; Medium: Clay; Teacher: Moran

Several years ago some of the art teachers realized that there were some additional pieces of high school art that should be recognized, so they came up with the Superlative Awards.

2D Superlative Best of Show Award Winner – Kelsey Joyner, Niceville High School

Title: Sealife Splendor; Category: Painting; Medium: Mixed Media; Teacher: Taylor

3D Superlative Best of Show Award Winner – Abigail Pouncey, Crestview High School (Not Pictured)
Title: Sweetheart; Category: Sculpture; Medium: Clay; Teacher Breaux

Allison Tringas, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Board member, opened this year’s program and thanked the following individuals, businesses, and schools for their involvement:

  • Reception music provided by Ruckel Middle School Jazz Band Directed by Eddie Steadman;
  • In-kind donations from Allison M. Tringas, Attorney at Law; Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort; and Dr. Timothy Walker;
  • Best of Show and Superlative Winner Monetary Award Sponsors – Carr, Riggs and Ingram, LLP, Tim Herndon; Showbiz Tan, Mitch Newton; J. Ely Business Services; Backridge Tree Service; and an anonymous building contractor;
  • For their help – the Art Show Judges, Junior League of the Emerald Coast, Steve Bolton and the OCSD Maintenance Department, and Bull Rigdon and the the Bull Rigdon Fairground staff;
  • The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation for their support and continuing partnership with the school district on behalf of the annual K-12 Student Art Show and especially to Marcia Hull, Executive Director; Deb Nissley, Director of Operations; and Glen Cooper, Chairman of the Board; and
  • The Okaloosa County Art Teachers for all they give to their students – in the classroom and for all they give to their students – in the classroom and in preparation for this special event.

Congratulations to all of our winners!