The Naples Art Association awarded $8,000 in merit-based scholarships to Collier County High School seniors on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at a ceremony at the von Liebig Art Center. Young artists were invited to submit works of art to the competition, which was open to all junior and senior art students in Collier County. Seniors planning to further their art education at the collegiate level were eligible for one of six $500 scholarships. Seniors who had been accepted to Ringling College of Art + Design were also considered for a $5,000 scholarship. In addition, all 29 Jade Riedel Scholarship artists now have their work on display at The von Liebig Art Center through April 13, 2013.
This year’s jurors were Dr. Larry R. Thompson, President of Ringling College of Art + Design, and Gallery Owner Roger Baker.
A $5,000 scholarship to attend Ringling College of Art + Design was awarded to Barron Collier High School senior Ashley McGowan.
Naples Art Association awarded six $500 scholarships to the following seniors:
Emilie Hofferber, Lely High School
Ashley Jannasch, Gulf Coast
Tyler MacDonald, Lely High School
Jessica Perez, Barron Collier High School
Alexis Simko, Community School
Nicole Drab, Community School
Jade N. Riedel Scholarship competition began in 1971 when members of the Naples Art Association initiated a college scholarship program designed to encourage young aspiring artists to realize their dreams of becoming professionals in the visual arts.
The scholarship’s namesake, Jade N. Riedel was an exceptional artist and Naples Art Association member who served as the chair of the scholarship exhibition program and was its chief fundraiser for many years. When she passed away in 1997, the Association renamed the scholarship in her memory.
The program has continued thanks to generous donations made during exhibitions, special events and festivals.