Masters of Tomorrow

Benedictine University at Mesa's
Inaugural Arizona High School and Community College Art Exhibition and Scholarship Competition

Benedictine University at Mesa and the Mesa Arts Center believe that a great wealth of artistic talent exists in the young people of Arizona. In order to support and promote young Arizona artists and provide them with additional resources to pursue higher education in the visual arts, we are offering the “Masters of Tomorrow Art Exhibition and Scholarship Competition.” 

This unique competition will provide a rare exhibition opportunity for 100 high school and community college artists. The best in show winners in the high school and community college categories will receive a 50 percent tuition scholarship at Benedictine University at Mesa. Several other cash prizes will be awarded to winners in other categories to support their creative endeavors and art education. Attendees may also purchase artwork at the exhibition with the artist’s permission.

There is no theme to this competition!  Submit your best work regardless of media or subject matter. Realistic, abstract or non-objective, we encourage you to submit all styles and artistic approaches. Submit jpegs of up to four art works via the Benedictine, Mesa website by midnight on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

Congratulations to our Masters of Tomorrow Contest Finalists!

Title of Work
Savannah  Abell
'Sun Flower Dots'
Adam Aguilar
Ilse  Alcantar
'Miss Manikin'
Alireza  Bahremand
Kelsea  Baker
Ciara  Barcus
'You Are What You Fear II'
Rebecca  Bell
'Komodo Dragon'
Andrea  Berg
Parker  Bergeron
'A Stroll Through the Art Museum'
Ciara  Bernal
Nobel  Biladogy
Julian  Blackwater
'Pass Storm'
Xhiv  Bogart
'Untitled (flower)'
Terra  Brethwaite
Thien  Bui
'two Friends'
Areta  Buness
'Prickly Pear Cactus Flower'
Creana  Burford
'The Street is my Stage'
Emily  Caldera
'The Magic of Stars'
Mackenzie  Cantor
Angela  Cardoso-Silva
'Vase with Pelicans'
Erica  Chacon
Donelson   Chaz
'Cactus Close-up'
Sarah  Cole
'Bundel of Butterflies'
Greg  Colton
'Three Faces with Black and Red'
Crystal  Daigle
'Wirly Twirly'
Navya  Dasari
'Clothed in tradition'
Amanda  De Busk
'The Barrier Between Life and Death'
Marissa DeMore
'Great Expectations'
Rain Demson
'Flour Lily'
Carolina  Duarte
'Walking In Step'
Skye  Elmore
Nicholas   Erickson
Ashya  Flint
'Untitled Skull Study'
Susana  Garcia
'Three in One'
Rachael  Gibson
'Image 1'
Mary  Gildersleeve
Samantha  Glover
'Snow Bowl'
Carl  Goodson
'Mechanical Brain'
Michelle Grant
Parker  Greene
'Ambition of Ceasar'
Lauren  Hall
Chris  Harris
Logan  Hawkes
'Before the Storm'
Max  Henderson
'Moss Teapot'
Alexandra  Hieber
'Gutter Gold'
Katie  Hopp
Heidi Horchler
Grant  Hughes
'Industrial Rails'
Erika  Karner
'Child's Silhouette'
Breionna  Kekic
'Breionna Kekic'
Christina  Kim
'Two Worlds'
Brenda  Kleppe
Karalyn  Kunz
'Destroy the Capitalist Machine'
Samantha  Kwiatkowski
'Good in the Heart'
Brissia  Lara-Espinoza
'The Destined'
Lan Julia  Liang
'Power of Exchange'
Shelby Liu
Rafaela  Loera
'Frog Prince'
Rebecca Lokker
'Butterfly Lungs'
Marlene Lopez Duarte
'Naturaleza Viva'
Eva  Marino
'Window to the World'
Angela  Masker
Colter Masson
Tamaki  Matsumoto
'Reflected Light'
Emily  Miller
'Self Portrait'
Emily  Miller
'Portrait Study'
Raelani  Miyagi
'The Color of Time'
Fabian  Munoz
'The Birds'
Shelby  Murphy
'Silk Moths'
Amanda Ohnmacht
'Insatiable Appetite'
Sabrina  Oldaker
'Daddy's Home'
Ayla  Olson
'Tropical Frog'
Amalia  Ono
Alaina  Owen
sierra   palmer
Rita  Passarelli
Chris  Pelensky
'Pitcher and Cup'
Taylor  Pennington
Mikayla   Pyle
'Digital Photo'
Matthew  Rayman
'Stego Still Life'
Eduardo  Rendon
Ana  Repta
Angela  Rincon
'Hidden Treasures'
Kendra  Ritter
'Not Entirely Sure'
Karen  Russell
'New Home'
John   Sabbagh
'Ghosts of Lebanon'
Kristel  Sanchez
'Owl Mosaic'
Gina Scaramella
'San Biagio'
Tracy  Shaw
'Regretful Soul'
Breanna  Shoemaker
'Natural Beauty'
Jessica  Singh
'the singh'
Keli Beth  Smith
Jennifer   Smith
Stephanie  Solis-Kortlang
Papay  Solomon
'Eye of Providence'
Alexander  Tantana
Teresa  Zapata
'Ocean Sunset'


Michael Tole

Michael Tole is an artist and professor of Fine Arts at Benedictine University at Mesa. His work is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas, and Devin Borden Gallery in Houston, Texas. He was also the 2007 winner of the $50,000 Hunting Art Prize. His work has been displayed in numerous shows in Texas, California and New York, and reviewed in Artforum International Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News and The Houston Chronicle.

Robert Schultz

Robert Schultz is the assistant director of the Mesa Arts Center. He has 18 years of progressively responsible experience in arts administration at the university level in Michigan, and at municipal and state government agencies in Michigan and Arizona. He has been active in the Arizona arts community, serving on numerous grant panels and ad hoc committees for Glendale, Phoenix, Tempe and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. He has also written on public art issues and public art master plans for Chandler and Tempe municipalities, as well as more than 50 critical reviews of artists and art exhibitions.

Kraig Foote

Kraig Foote is the owner/curator of Art One Gallery in Scottsdale. He has dedicated his life to promoting, educating and mentoring emerging local artists and students. He is one of the most central and important figures in the Arizona art community. Foote has run galleries in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe, as well as a nonprofit gallery dedicated to student work in Zurich, Switzerland. Throughout the past 20 years, Foote has discovered many local artists who have gone on to become the kingpins of the East Valley’s art scene, and he continues to scout talent and support artists today.


Best High School 2D work: $500 

Best High School 3D work: $500

Best Community College 2D work: $500

Best Community 3D work: $500

Best in Show (High School): Renewable (four-year maximum) 50 percent tuition scholarship to Benedictine University at Mesa*

Best in Show (Community College): Renewable (two-year maximum) 50 percent tuition scholarship to Benedictine University at Mesa*

*Winning student must also apply and meet admissions requirements.


The art exhibition and competition is open to all high school and community college students who reside in Arizona. Artists do not need to be enrolled in an art class to participate.


Saturday, February 8, 2014:
All participants must submit images of their artwork for exhibition and competition to the Master's of Tomorrow website by 12:00 a.m.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Names of 100 students whose work is accepted for the exhibition and competition will be posted online. Artists who are selected will receive an email notification.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014:
Finalists must deliver their artwork to the reception desk of our Mesa campus (225 E. Main St., Mesa AZ 85201) Monday through Friday, between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.  All artwork to be displayed at the exhibition and competition MUST be delivered to the Benedictine University at Mesa campus no later than 10:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 19th. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014:
Artwork will be installed.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 :
Scholarship and prize winners will be announced at the awards reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Gillett Hall Community Room.

Saturday, March 22, 2014:
Artwork will be available for pickup after 9:00 a.m. Any work left past Monday, March 31 will be discarded at Benedictine University’s discretion.

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