TAMPA — The 44th annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts announced the winners of its competition Saturday involving $74,500 in prize money.
Laura Nugent of Merriam, Kan., was awarded Best of Show and $15,000 for her painting Prevailing Chartreuse Pattern."
Christiane Hampel of Naples won the Board of Directors' award and $ 7,500 for a piece of jewelry, "Vulcano Pendant."
The Roddy Brownlee Reed Award of Artistic Excellence and $4,000 went to Randall Smith of Winter Park for an untitled painting.
The prize money attracted 1,000 artists who vied for 300 spaces at the festival. Featured art includes ceramic, digital, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, print making, sculpture, watercolor and wood.
Among other recipients:
Mayor's Award: Richard Auger of Orlando, $3,500.
President's Award: Robert Kastrinos of Orlando, $2,500.
Friends of the Museum Award: Clifton Henri of Chicago, $2,000.
Emerging Artist Award: Valerie Miller, $1,500.
Ruth Ann Pollock Memorial Award of Merit: Martha Serezli Vargas and Haydar Serezli of Atlanta, $1,300.
Bank of Tampa Award of Merit: Aaron Sault, Marquette, Mich., $1,300.
Brink Foundation Award of Merit: Viki Ryer and James Bird of Salem, Mass., $1,300.
Gensler Award of Merit: Jean Yao, Fort Lauderdale, $1,300.
Hill Ward Henderson Award of Merit: Tavia Brown, Charlottesville, Va., $1,300.
Waller & Wax Award of Merit: Barbara Foley, Palm Harbor, $1,300.
Wells Fargo Award of Merit: Dylan Strzynski, Ann Arbor, Mich., $1,300.