Art Showcase

 Art Showcase is a competition that recognizes both the best individual artists and best art programs in North Carolina schools. An unlimited number of students in each school may participate in the school-level competition. Students are presented with a prompt and given about one month to create their submission. Media categories include painting, drawing, collage, photography, and other creative efforts. Electronic copies of submissions are sent to NCASA and forwarded to judges. Submissions from top teams and students from each category advance to the State Finals and are evaluated by judges in a live exhibition.


On May 9 NCASA presented the Art Showcase State Finals hosted by Atkins A&T High School in Winston-Salem. Northview Middle School of Hickory and Northwood High School of Pittsboro each won their first Art Showcase titles. The prompt for this year's competition was "Brooks Brothers Shirts" poem written by Joseph Bathanti. Brooks Brothers awarded each winning individual student and first place team member a $100 Brooks Brothers gift card.

Complete team standings are shown below:

High School
1 - Northwood HS
2 - Myers Park HS
3 - Northwest Guilford HS
4 - Newton Conover HS
5 - Atkins A&T HS

6 - South Iredell HS
7 - East Surry HS

Joseph Bathanti, NC Poet Laureate from 2012-2014, created this poem which is the prompt for the 2015 Art Showcase competition. Students should use this poem as the inspiration for their submissions.

Brooks Brothers Shirts

Ten hours a day,
my mother hunched downtown
in Brooks Brothers tailor shop - fretting
cuffs and belt loops, pleats, vents,

The following schools have registered for Art Showcase. Submissions from schools in each Regional will be scored against each other by the judges.

On April 5, 2014 NCASA presented the Art Showcase State Finals hosted by Atkins A&T High School in Winston-Salem. Repeating as State Champions were Myers Park High School and Jay M Robinson Middle School of Charlotte. Myers Park was led by individual winners Kristen Heritage in Mixed Media and Sabrina Collias in Collage. Jay M Robinson earned first place in five of seven media and second place in the other two.

Complete team standings are shown below:


Results from each Regional are shown below. Schools shown in bold italics have qualified for the April 5 State Final at Atkins A&T High School in Winston-Salem. Individual qualifiers (students who qualified and may show their submission even though their team did not advance) are also shown below. Each team member of the Regional Champions will receive t-shirts.

High School East Regional

1 - Northwood HS

2 - Wakefield HS

3 - Lee Early College HS

4t - Jordan-Matthews HS

4t - Brunswick Early College HS

6 - Northwest Guilford HS

7t - Cleveland HS

7t - Gates County HS

9 - Jack Britt HS

Individuals advancing from Gates County HS are Brittany Walston in Drawing and Kathryn Kittrell in Photography.

High School West Regional

1 - Myers Park HS

2 - Newton Conover HS

3 - Ardrey Kell HS

4 - Atkins A&T HS

5 - AL Brown HS

6 - Hickory HS

7 - High Point Central HS

8 - East Surry HS

9 - Piedmont Community Charter

Middle School East Regional

1 - Ligon MS

2 - Central MS

3 - Elizabeth City MS

4 - Seventy-First MS

5 - Perquimans MS

6t - Rogers-Herr MS

6t - Shepard MS

8 - Githens MS

Individual advancing from Shepard MS is Anthony Jeter in Painting. Advancing from Rogers-Herr MS is Hope Roberts in Drawing. Advancing from Perquimans MS is Keyara Mercer in Collage.

Middle School Central Regional

1 - Jay M Robinson MS

2 - Gentry MS

3 - Mt. Airy MS

4 - Hickory Ridge MS

5 - Pilot Mountain MS

6 - JN Fries MS

7 - Carrington MS

8 - North Iredell MS

Individuals advancing from JN Fries MS are Raven Gorski in Painting, Julie Takla in Mixed Media and Darshana Saravanan in Computer Generated. Advancing from Pilot Mountain are Lauren Brown in Mixed Media and Grace Edwards in Photography. Advancing from North Iredell MS is Courtney Reavis in Mixed Media.

Middle School West Regional

1 - Statesville MS

2 - Pine Lake Prep

3 - Community School of Davidson

4 - Mount Mourne School

5 - Lakeshore MS

6 - Brawley MS

7 - Piedmont Community Charter

8 - Newton Conover MS

Individuals advancing from Lakeshore MS are Graciella Campuzano in Drawing and Logan Ashline in Collage. Advancing from Brawley MS is Max O'Conner in Mixed Media.

NCASA presented the State Finals of the Art Showcase Competition on May 4, 2013 at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center. Students created works in seven media types after receiving a prompt. Student winners were recognized in each media type and took home trophies and scores were combined to create a team score. Students from the top three schools took home medals and the top school took home the trophy.

Jay M Robinson Middle School dominated by winning six of the seven individual events. In the high school division, the top three high schools had equal scores and the tiebreaker of using the sixth-best score was used to determine first, second, and third place. Complete results are shown below: