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An Arts Celebration!

An Arts Celebration!

Jesuit's annual Celebration of the Arts + A Taste of Jesuit was amazing on Sunday (April 21), a wonderful display of artistic talent and delectable cuisine! 

Jesuit's musicians, thespians, singers, and poets got it all started in the Student Commons on a beautiful afternoon with performances from the drumline, choir, the Jesuit Trio pop opera singers, the Jesuit Masque, and readings from The Lyre, Jesuit's literary magazine. Adjacent to the Student Commons was A Taste of Jesuit, where Sage Dining, MC Ice and the Mothers' Club Baking Moms were providing for the hundreds of guests, with Sage serving up a Bang Bang Shrimp Bowl and Cuban Mojo Pork Sliders among many tasty items.

Jesuit's award-winning thespians, led by theatre director Richard Miller, performed several scenes from "Into the Woods," the musical that had generated rave reviews that weekend after four memorable shows inside the Shembekar Auditorium. Music director Nina Wegmann and the Jesuit orchestra then expertly played a mix of classics that will be featured in the upcoming Spring Music Concert on May 2.

Everyone then headed inside the Antinori Center for the Arts, where the hallways were lined with hundreds of magnificent art pieces created by Jesuit student artists under the direction of department head Kevin Ball '03. Many of the signature works lining the interior of the Antinori Center were part of spectacular portfolio displays from the numerous students in Jesuit's AP Art classes. 

Also, this year for the first time 3D art was part of the smorgasbord. Offered this year for the first time was the Introduction to Sculpture course, the byproduct of Jesuit's fantastic new 3D studio inside the Antinori Center. Taught by Mr. Giovanni Diaz, S.J., it has literally and figuratively brought a new dimension to Jesuit's fine arts program.

Celebration of the Arts closed, as it always does, with the Juried Art Show awards presentation inside the Shembekar Auditorium. Congratulations to all of the art show winners, most notably the Best in Show honoree and AP Portfolio-Design 1st place winner Diego Garcia '25. Receiving those two highest honors in the Juried Art Show was just part of an extraordinary weekend for Garcia, who also starred in "Into the Woods." Garcia's Best in Show piece, "Fahrenheit 451" (colored pencil, acrylic, paint, pyrography) is pictured below.

The other AP Portfolio-Design award recipients were 2nd place Donovan Terry '24 and 3rd place Ben Smith '25. The AP Portfolio-Painting & Drawing winners were 1st place Nicolas Herrero '24, 2nd place Paul Tanis '24, and 3rd place Patrick Hyde '24.

Winners in the new 3D categories were Jack Rozance '25 (Sculpture - Sgraffito), Aedan Gregory '24 (Open Form), and Lucas Lopez '24 (Bas Relief).

Click here to view all of the sensational winning artwork from the Juried Art Show, and click here to view the names of the winners in each category, or view the list of winners below. For photos from Celebration of the Arts/A Taste of Jesuit, go to Jesuit's main Facebook page, Jesuit High School of Tampa