Byron Arroyo – Winner of the 2016 Statewide High School Art Exhibit

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Byron Arroyo – Winner of the 2016 Statewide High School Art Exhibit

Congratulations to Hoover High School Senior Byron Arroyo for his 3d Design, Cyborg, being selected “Best In Show” for the 2016 Statewide High School Art Exhibit sponsored by the Shelby County Arts Council and the UAB Department of Art and Art History.   Byron’s artwork stands six feet tall and is a 3D/Mixed Media creation.  Under the supervision of teacher, Hank Simpson, Byron used a mix of metal and clay to create “Cyborg”.

Juror Lauren Lake, Chair of the UAB Department of Art and Art History, was “very impressed with the quality of the works from (across) the state”.  Close to two hundred and fifty works of art were submitted for this year’s art competition.  Her task of narrowing down the artwork and selecting the “Best Of” in each category was very difficult.

Winners in each Category:
  • Byron Arroyo, 12th grade, Hoover High School – Best of Show and Best of 3d Design
  • Megan Naylor, 10th Grade, Clay-Chalkville High School – Best of Drawing, “Wild Raw Emotions”
  • Jenesye King, 10th grade, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Best of Mixed Media, “Americanized”
  • Emily Kent, 11th grade, Saint James School, Best of Painting, “Gastonburg”
  • Katie Mosley, 11th Grade, Hoover High School, Best of Photography, “Untitled”
Receiving Honorable Mentions for their artwork:
  • Laura Alston, 12th grade, Spain Park High School – Mixed Media
  • Joshua Barnes, 11th grade, Alabama School of Fine Arts – Mixed Media
  • Derek Cebrian, 11th grade, Hoover High School – Drawing
  • Jordan Clayton, 10th grade, Booker T. Washington Magnet School – Photography
  • Sydney Harrington, 12th grade, Oak Mountain High School – Painting
  • Daniel Hernandez, 12th grade, Hewitt-Trussville High School – Mixed Media
  • Caleb Griffin, 12th grade, Booker T Washington Magnet School – Photography
  • Amelia Reardon, 11th Grade, Oak Mountain High School – Mixed Media
 The winners for this year’s competition were announced during the Opening Reception and College Preview Day on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the Shelby County Arts Council Gallery.

The Shelby County Arts Council hosts this gallery exhibit as an educational opportunity for High School Students.  The process of entering a Juried Show can be daunting for young artists.  This exhibit is designed to teach students how to photograph their art for submission, complete the entry process and prepare their work for public display.  SCAC Executive Director, Bruce Andrews stresses “How you present your visual artwork is as important, if not more important, than your skills as an artist”.

 The Gallery Exhibit will be on display from April 10, 2016 to April 29, 2016 at the Shelby County Arts Council Gallery located at 104 Mildred Street, Columbiana, AL  35051.  Gallery Hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday.
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