The Naples Art Association announced its annual Jade N. Riedel Scholarship recipients at a reception held on Thursday, May 11 at the NAA. The competition is held each spring and is open to Collier County High School Students in grades 11 and 12.
“We were planning to give a total of $20,000 in college scholarships, but were thrilled to discover that Ringling College of Art + Design president, Dr. Larry R. Thompson, was so taken with the art portfolios and academic achievements of Sara Phelps of Gulf Coast High School and Cassandra Southwick of Palmetto Ridge High School, that for the first time, the college provided two $5,000 scholarships instead of one,” said Jack O’Brien, Naples Art Association curator and manager of the Jade N. Riedel Scholarship Program.
“And, that wasn’t all. Lee Harrell, director of financial aid at Ringling College of Art + Design, who filled in for Dr. Thompson while he hosted the school’s graduation, announced that for the first time, this scholarship will also be given each year for the full four-year program. Phelps and Southwick received $20,000 each toward their art educations.”
Gallery owner and director, Juliana Meek, served as juror for the awards funded by the Naples Art Association. These awards are underwritten by a generous Naples donor who wishes to remain anonymous. In addition to serving as director of Harmon-Meek ǀ modern and owner of Harmon-Meek Gallery, Meek is a Naples philanthropist and staunch supporter of the visual arts. During her rousing and very personal speech, she encouraged students to stay true to their creative inspiration and artistic direction.
Meek reviewed the art exhibition at Naples City Hall and selected scholarship award winners based on originality; knowledge and technique; utilization of design principles and composition; as well as the student’s overall presentation of their artwork.
Scholarship recipients are as follows:
- Sabidio Borgela, Palmetto Ridge High School senior, $5,000 scholarship
- Juliana Badra, Community School of Naples junior, $2,500 scholarship
- Allison Smith, Gulf Coast High School senior, $1,000 scholarship
- Alexandra Baugher, Community School of Naples senior, $1,000 scholarship
- Monica Garcia, Palmetto Ridge High School junior, $500 scholarship
- Sara Phelps, Gulf Coast High School senior, $20,000 Ringling College scholarship
- Cassandra Southwick, Palmetto Ridge High School senior, $20,000 Ringling College scholarship
Artwork in the Jade N. Riedel Scholarship Competition will be on view at Naples City Hall, located at 735 8th Street South in Naples, through May 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Jade Riedel was a dynamic artist and inspiring art instructor who taught art courses and workshops for the Naples Art Association and Art League of Marco Island during the 1980s and 90s. Riedel came to the United States from New Guinea in 1974 where she worked as a freelance illustrator and photojournalist. In 1980, she relocated permanently to Naples and began exhibiting her paintings throughout Southwest Florida.
She was given numerous awards for her work. Riedel earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Adelaide in Australia and an instructor’s degree from the Department of Technical Education in Papua, New Guinea. She studied portraiture at the Slade School of Art at London University. Riedel was an original member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. In 1971, the Naples Art Association initiated a scholarship program to encourage young aspiring artists to realize their dreams of becoming professionals in the visual arts. Riedel served as program chair and was chief fundraiser for many years.
Following her death in 1996, the Naples Art Association chose to honor her memory and named the scholarship program after her.
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