Benedictine to award winners of “Masters of Tomorrow” art exhibition, competition

February 17, 2014

Francisco ReyesMesa, Arizona ~ More than 150 promising young artists submitted entries to Benedictine University at Mesa’s statewide art competition each with the hope of winning one of two grand prizes for a 50 percent tuition renewable scholarship.

Arizona high school or community college artists were invited to showcase their artistic talents at the “Masters of Tomorrow Art Exhibition and Scholarship Competition.” On Saturday, February 22, scholarship and prize winners will be announced at an awards reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room at Gillett Hall at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa. Attendees of the awards reception may also purchase artwork at the exhibition with the artist’s permission.

“We really had some outstanding entries that speak well to the caliber of artist talent within Arizona,” said Michael R. Tole, assistant professor of Fine Arts at Benedictine University at Mesa. “We are excited to see all the finalists’ projects on display and invite the public to come see these wonderful creations.”

In order to support and promote young Arizonian artists and provide them with additional resources to pursue higher education in the visual arts, Benedictine University at Mesa in partnership with the Mesa Arts Center announced the scholarship last year.

Tole, an accomplished artist, displayed some his own works as examples of possible submissions during an appearance on ABC 15.

Student applicants competed for several awards with the best in show winners in the high school and community college categories each to earn a 50 percent tuition scholarship at Benedictine University at Mesa.

Several cash prizes will be awarded to winners in other categories to support the students’ creative endeavors and art education, Tole said.

Three jurors selected 98 finalists whose works will be displayed at the University’s academic building, Gillett Hall, 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa, from February 22-March 21, 2014.

For more information on the art program at Benedictine University at Mesa, contact Tole at (480) 878-6708 or

Benedictine University at Mesa provides a private, values-based education grounded in history, heritage and Catholic tradition. Current degree offerings include a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Organizational Behavior, in addition to a minor in Religious Studies.

The University is now accepting applications for fall 2014 enrollment.

For more information about Benedictine University at Mesa, please visit the Gregory Enrollment Center at 51 E. Main St., Suite 105, in downtown Mesa or, or contact (602) 888-5533 or                                       


Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2000-2010 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the third consecutive year in 2013.

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