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March 23, 2012 MEDIA CONTACT: Candace Brasseur USCB Public Information Director 843-208-8030

USCB recognizes high school art students at 2nd annual “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.” First 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 Chad Brianna Wanerger Candice Joanna Amelia Lanie

Sinclair Ursillo Velasquez Schroder Ryba Pinckney Miller

Instructor Tim Holsinger Andrea Pejeau Andrea Pejeau Andrea Pejeau Andrea Pejeau Andrea Pejeau Andrea Pejeau

Dawningtown HS, PA Kelsey Paparo

Becky Desmond

Effingham County HS, GA Courtney Gatch

Donna Holder

Beaufort High Brittany Sutton

Ginger Anderson

Home School – Frances Mcnair

Linda Sheppard

Manassas Park HS, VA Lizanna Stone

Penny Hand

Hilton Head HS Santiago Tovar Kimberly Mandigo Barnabe Torres Will Lattman Miles Helman Karla Boyd Robin Kaeding Adrian Austin Ross Dungan

Patricia Schoelkoph-Lewis Patricia Schoelkoph-Lewis Patricia Schoelkoph-Lewis Patricia Schoelkoph-Lewis Patricia Schoelkoph-Lewis Patricia Schoelkoph-Lewis Patricia Schoelkoph-Lewis Patricia Schoelkoph-Lewis Monique Dobbelaere

Samantha Leanne

Campbell Pawlak

Monique Dobbelaere Monique Dobbelaere

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 Jon Goebel at

"Marbles Still life" by Karimen Ambrocio, Hilton Head High

From left to right, Karimen Ambrocio (1st place), Kelsey Borden (2nd place), & Cameron Holsclaw (3rd place)

About USCB Located in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a senior institution of the University of South Carolina system serving the southeast coast of Georgia and South Carolina. USCB has been the fastest growing baccalaureate institution in the USC system since becoming a four year university in 2004.The University has two campuses which serve a diverse student body of 1874 students. The Historic Beaufort campus, located on Beaufort’s downtown waterfront, houses an innovative baccalaureate studio art program in close proximity to Beaufort’s many art galleries. The Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton, S.C., offers cutting-edge Computational Science and Nursing laboratories and is the home to Sand Shark athletics. USCB offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity. For more information about the University of South Carolina Beaufort, please visit online or call the university’s Office of Public Information at 843-208-8030