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Celebration of the Arts

Jesuit's annual spectacular art and food festival, Celebration of the Arts and A Taste of Jesuit, will be held April 23, 2017.

As always, Celebration of the Arts and A Taste of Jesuit will display the extraordinary talents of Jesuit students in visual, musical, and performing arts, including a Juried Art Show, along with an array of delicious cuisine provided by fantastic vendors serving from tents in the Student Commons.

Celebration of the Arts is a free event, however the food passes - which are $6.00 each and provide a full meal with samplings from each vendor - must be purchased in advance.

Click here to order food passes online for A Taste of Jesuit 2017.

Click here to order food passes via cash or check for A Taste of Jesuit 2017.

April 23 Event Schedule:

  • A Taste of Jesuit: 4:00 - 5:45pm (Commons)
  • Masque Performance: 4:15 - 4:45pm (Commons)
  • Student Music Concert: 4:45 - 5:30pm (Commons)
  • Open Art Studio: 5:00 - 6:00pm (Art Studio)
  • Juried Art Show: 5:30 - 7:30pm (MPR)
  • Art Awards Presentation: 6:15pm (MPR)


Celebration of the Arts 2016 - A Look Back

The flawless weather on Sunday, April 10, 2016 set the perfect backdrop for Celebration of the Arts and A Taste of Jesuit, Jesuit's annual spectacular art and food festival. 

Jesuit's visual artists, under the direction of Kevin Ball '03, once again created a stunning display in the Multi-Purpose Room for the Juried Art Show. Claiming highest honors in the top categories, from a field of outstanding artists, was Calvin Scott ’16. Scott earned 1st place in the Senior Portfolio category, as well as Best in Show for his colored pencil on illustration board piece.

Danny Kervin ’16 and Jacob Zelen ’16 earned 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in Senior Portfolio. Among the other 1st place winners were Victor Bufano ’16 (Teacher Commission Project), Will Sands ’17 (Junior Scratchboard),and Justin Sanchez ’17 in three categories: Junior Pointilism, Junior Pen & Ink Studies, and Junior Acrylic Painting.

Click here to view all of the winning art pieces in a PowerPoint (it may take a minute to load), and click here for a text list of all winners.

Evaluating the hundreds of pieces of student art and serving as judges were Sarah Thornhill of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising; Erin Franklin, visual arts teacher at the Academy of the Holy Names, and Jorge Cainas ’11, a former art student of Mr. Ball’s at Jesuit.

Hundreds of guests enjoyed wonderful theatre and musical performances showcased in the student commons. Vito Holmes ’16 beautifully sang “Pure Imagination” from the classic “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” for which he has earned District and State awards.

That was followed by the Jesuit Masque, led by director Richard Miller, performing two scenes: The first was from Ace Cabalan 16’s prize-winning original play, "Fuoco e Acqua," and the second was from the Broadway and cinema classic “A Few Good Men,” Jesuit’s upcoming spring production on April 21-23.

Music director Nina Wegmann then led Jesuit's musicians through an array of pieces featuring the full range of instruments. One of the highlights was an electric violin performance from Spencer Whipple ’16. Jesuit’s musicians will perform their spring concert on April 29, as well as special concert for the student body at Convocation on Mission Drive Day, April 22.

A Taste of Jesuit provided the delicious fare on Sunday, with food tents serving guests in the commons. Jesuit thanks the vendors who supported Celebration of the Arts 2016: Beef O’Brady’s, Catering by the Family, Florida Fresh Vending, Little Greek, PDQ, and Tastes of Tampa Bay, along with the Jesuit Mothers’ Club and Jesuit Dads’ Club.

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