Missy Simpson, third from right, accepts a $300 check and plaque for winning the Tanglewood Art League Scholarship during the annual SFSC Student Art Show Awards ceremony April 16. Pictured with her are, from left: Cathy Futral, SFSC professor of art; Tanglewood Art League members Sandra Sephans, Judy Leblanc, Judith Eckstein, and Peggy Scefcyk; Missy Simpson; Norma Evans, president of the Tanglewood Art League; and Mollie Doctrow, SFSC MOFAC curator.

Missy Simpson, third from right, accepts a $300 check and plaque for winning the Tanglewood Art League Scholarship during the annual SFSC Student Art Show Awards ceremony April 16. Pictured with her are, from left: Cathy Futral, SFSC professor of art; Tanglewood Art League members Sandra Sephans, Judy Leblanc, Judith Eckstein, and Peggy Scefcyk; Missy Simpson; Norma Evans, president of the Tanglewood Art League; and Mollie Doctrow, SFSC MOFAC curator.

South Florida State College’s Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC) revealed the winners of its Student Art Exhibit during a reception on April 16.

The Art Department presented Outstanding Student Achievement Awards to Leighton Skipper, drawing; Holly Scherlacher and Missy Simpson, painting; Alina Cancel, pottery II; Taylor Webb, mixed media; Toni Crunkelton, 3-D; and Gabe Clogston, computer graphics.

Awards of Merit were presented to Shelby King, color pencil, “Sun and Moon;” Ashley Kinkade, mixed-media, “Water Nymph;” Allison Smith, digital media, “Geisha;” Toni Crunkelton, charcoal, “Master Drawing;” and Sara Canali, digital media, “Type Variations.”

Awards of Excellence were selected by Joey Sacco, artist and SFSC MOFAC Advisory Committee member. For their art, these students received monetary awards which were made possible by exhibit and reception sponsors. Their work will be displayed in SFSC’s student art collection. Winning artists were Holly Scherlacher, ceramics, “When It Rains;” Taylor Nicole Webb, mixed-media, “Trash Fish;” Shelby King, charcoal, “Boots;” Toni Crunkelton, linocut, “Flutter Bye;” and Cheyanne Hazard, digital media, “Kissimmee Water Legend.”

Awards for the Hotel Jacaranda Exhibit were selected by Sacco and Donald Appelquist, executive director of the SFSC Foundation, Inc. These students received purchase awards for their art, which were made possible by the SFSC Foundation, Inc. Their artwork will be displayed in the Hotel Jacaranda in Avon Park. Winning artists were Missy Simpson, painting; Holly Scherlacher, painting; Gabe Clogston, digital illustration; Mathew Kane, digital media; Jenna Blount, digital media; and Mason Belcher, digital media.

The $300 Tanglewood Art League Scholarship was presented to Missy Simpson by Norma Evans, President of the Tanglewood Art League, to provide Simpson with the opportunity to further her education. “Simpson’s positive attitude, excellent academic record, talent, and creative spirit made her the perfect candidate for this special scholarship,” said Cathy Futral, art professor.

The MOFAC Docent Award recognizes artistic excellence in the arts and outstanding service to the college, art department, and museum. This year’s $50 monetary awards went to Gabe Clogston, Holly Scherlacher, and Missy Simpson.

The Max Gooding Award provides $400 to five students for purchase awards for their art, which was made possible by SFSC Alumni Max Gooding who owns his own landscape architecture business, the Max Gooding Company. The Max Gooding Award was presented to Leighton L. Skipper, charcoal, “Harry Callahan, Sr.;” Gabe Clogston, digital illustration, “Day in a Life;” Katie LaDue, digital media, “A World of My Own;” Holly Scherlacher, watercolor, “Ceramic Shop;” and Missy Simpson, color pencil, “Friendship Is.”

SFSC’s art students developed the title of the show, promotional graphics, assisted with matting and framing the artwork, and helped install the pieces.

“We are so impressed with the talent of our students and the quality of the artwork submitted for the juried show this year,” said Mollie Doctrow, MOFAC curator. “These sentiments echo the words of the juror, Joey Sacco.”

The 2015 Student Art Exhibit sponsors are Joe and Suzanne Wright, Charles and Anne Reynolds, Bob and Monica Germaine, and the SFSC Alumni Association.

The exhibit will be on view at SFSC MOFAC through May 1 and is open to the public Wednesday through Friday, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. For more information, call Mollie Doctrow, MOFAC curator, at 863-784-7195.

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