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Online Exhibition: "MOMENTUM" Student and Emerging Artist Competition

Post Date:03/27/2020 6:18 PM

OCALA, Fla. (March 27, 2020) – The City of Ocala and the Magnolia Art Xchange invite the public to view the “MOMENTUM” Student and Emerging Artist Competition online at To view the exhibition, go to ‘Select a Tour’, then ‘Art in City Spaces | 2020 Student and Emerging Artist Exhibition’.

Viewers can experience the work of local student and emerging artists, through the theme of “MOMENTUM”. All artwork is available for purchase, unless otherwise noted.

The juror for the exhibition is Curator Mary Childs who has over 25 years of experience in gallery management and artistic direction. Childs awarded first through third places in each division and selected a Best of Show. The winners are as follows:

  •  Best of Show – Emily Ferguson, Walk as Children of Light
  • High School Division
    • First Place – Shannon O’Leary, Tokei no Seikai
    • Second Place – Taima Aviando, Cycle
    • Third Place – Gabriela Cortez, Relatively Powerful
  • 18 – 24 Division
    • First Place – Gabrielle Zuniga, Crossing A Florida Street
    • Second Place – Codi Hodson, On the Road Again
    • Third Place – Althea Rapeo, Puppet Pond
  • 25 – 30 Division
    • First Place – Cristina Quezada, Mental Exposure
    • Second Place – Rae Grand, The Waters of Life
    • Third Place – Kyle Corley, Cyanescens

The prizes for this competition include more than $2,000 in awards, including scholarships to the College of Central Florida (high school division), a feature in Ocala Magazine (Best of Show), a professional artwork scan (first place in each division), annual memberships to the Appleton Museum of Art and Marion Cultural Alliance, and a registration fee waiver for the 2020-21 season of First Friday Art Walk (all winners).

For more information please contact the Cultural Arts Office at or visit



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