52nd Annual Volusia Students Create
February 6 - March 10, 2024
Presented by Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Volusia County Schools Visual Art Department
About the Exhibition
Every spring, Volusia Students Create showcases adjudicated artwork created by students from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens is proud to host the 2024 exhibition, which includes over 140 artworks from 50 public schools throughout Volusia County.
About this Year's Judge: Karlene McConnell
Karlene McConnell is a professional artist living in Ormond Beach, Florida. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education from the University of Central Florida. She is a former Volusia County art teacher and former art educator and curator for Ormond Memorial Art Museum.
Karlene’s art has been exhibited in solo and group shows from New England to the Miami art fairs. Her work is found in several corporate and private collections including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY and the permanent Lemerand Collection at Daytona State College, FL. She currently works with acrylic paints and various drawing tools to convey her perceptions of nature through gestural paintings. It has been said that these pieces serve as a bridge between the expectations of realism and the freedom of abstract expressionism.
Dorothy Johnson Award: Sam Brown
Confidence, oil on canvas
DeLand High School, 11th Grade – Mr. Carson
ARTIST STATEMENT: My artwork is about portraying women as strong, independent, and confident. While made to be aesthetically pleasing, my work also shows expressions that bring emotion to the artwork. What really inspires me to create these pieces is the feeling of completion when I see the finished product. My art class and art projects give me a break from other subjects, helping me to relax and focus.
1st Place: Daniel Brewer
Can You See Right Through Me, graphite and digital
Spruce Creek High School, 12th Grade – Mr. Moskola
ARTIST STATEMENT: This piece shows three different scenes. Two of them are the same but viewed from different perspectives. The twin drawings of cityscapes are the same except that one is captured further back, revealing someone in the foreground. The drawing on the bottom conveys the same theme. It shows a singular soul getting battered by rain whilst being ignored by the surrounding crowd. This artwork conveys the feeling of invisibility in society when individuals are struggling mentally. This theme also ties in with the title... Can You See Right Through Me?
2nd Place: Cynthia Stanley
Trash to Treasure
paper mache and cardboard
New Smyrna Beach High School, 10th Grade – Mrs. Gregor
ARTIST STATEMENT: I created this fish paper mache' project because it is symbolic of my Great Grandma. She loved fish and her favorite colors of red and yellow I represented with dots and splotches on the body of the fish. The opposing colors on the snake represent death coming for her. The metal and paper spikes represent the challenges she faced in her lifetime.
3rd Place: Jordan McLarnan
The Story of Pinocchio, cardboard
Mainland High School, 9th Grade – Ms. Blain
ARTIST STATEMENT: My artwork is about the story of Pinocchio. It was inspired by tales from the past and why we should remember said tales. Art experiences help me grow as an artist allows me to have an outlet for pent-up emotions & creativity.
1st Place: Rowen Riha
Fever Dream, mixed media
Deltona Middle School, 8th Grade – Ms. Walker
ARTIST STATEMENT: This art piece was an interesting experience. I used different materials ranging from ink and watercolor to acrylic paint markers. Having such a feverish palette and materials to work with, I decided to make this artwork weird and colorful. By testing out things I haven't done before, it made this piece challenging and unique.
2nd Place: Molly Headrick
The Contrast, air dry clay and acrylic paint
Heritage Middle School, 8th Grade – Ms. Hess
ARTIST STATEMENT: Personally, art means a lot to me. I think of art as the best outlet of expressions, allowing you to present your thoughts and feelings however you see fit. My artwork dives deeper than some colorful clay on a canvas. I tried to represent my view on the duality of human nature. The colorful, gum-like clay pieces represent the joys, hobbies, happy memories, and times we're grateful for. Alternatively, the "void" represents our sorrows, losses, regrets, and trauma. I was inspired to create this piece because of personal experience. Some days I would feel eager for the day to start, rather than end. Although on other days, my feelings would be vice versa. Yet somehow, these two balances out, and when they do, all is good. Not great, not bad, but good. Often, I find myself here, living amongst my greatest strengths and my worst faults. And to be honest, there is a strange, alluring charm to being between the yin and yang of my emotions.
3rd Place: McKenna Curtis
Memories of the Long Forgotten, mixed media
New Smyrna Beach Middle School, 8th Grade – Mrs. Hughes
ARTIST STATEMENT: Memories of the Long Forgotten is about how unstable grief is. Sometimes, it feels overwhelming and sometimes you feel numb towards it. I used paint, old books, and a wooden board for the canvas. My art class helps me by giving me the resources and time to complete my ideas. I have lost a lot of people in my life recently and that is what inspired me to make it. Art helps me express my emotions because I'm not as good at expressing them through words.
1st Place: Andrew Saez
Vibrating Triangles, mixed media
Cypress Creek Elementary, 4th Grade – Mr. West
ARTIST STATEMENT: I wanted to do something different from the other kids. I used tools that nobody used. I think art class helps you because you have someone to guide you. Also, the name Vibrating Triangles reminds me of space and sound. So, that is why I named it that way.
2nd Place: Ragan Myers
The Still Life, glue and chalk
Read-Patillo Elementary, 4th Grade – Ms. Fernandez
ARTIST STATEMENT: I was inspired by my art teacher to make the piece. I think that one should never stop until they finish. Art is something that can bring the best out of people. Personally, creating things in art class boosts my focus. I would completely recommend art as a hobby or class to take.
3rd Place: Kairi Terribilini
Bird, tempra and collage
Forest Lake Elementary, 4th Grade – Ms. Gilmartin
ARTIST STATEMENT: Unavailable