2021 Artist Awards

Congratulations to these incredible artists!

Sponsor: Coastal Waste & Recycling 
Awards provided by Manhattan Trophy


The 2021 ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival presented by Hanley Foundation and produced by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Thomas Wargin from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, has won Best of Show for his sculpture work.

“I’m totally surprised and very thankful. I’ve been doing this a long time, so it is great to get an award like this at a great event.” said Wargin, who has shown at a couple of art shows so far this year. “Thank you ArtiGras!”

The winners were selected by three judges who scored each artist and awarded a Best of Show and a first-place winner in each of the 12 categories. The judges also awarded 12 Judges Choice awards and one Emerging Artist award which this year went to artist Mathew Lerer of North Palm Beach, Florida.<

“This is a big honor. I have had a great time this weekend with people showing their interest in my photographs,” said Lerer, who is showing for the first time at an art show. “It has been great interacting with all the other artists and people who are out here.”

Emerging Artists are artists from the Palm Beach area who are exhibiting in an outdoor art festival for the first time. These artists have been through a vigorous training program with ArtiGras event staff and other artist experts over the past six months to learn how to prepare for the show.

The following is a list of the artists who placed first in each category and the Judges Awards:

List of First Place Winners: 
Name Medium Hometown
Thomas Wargin Best of Show (Sculpture) Menomonee Falls, WI
William Kidd Ceramics Lakeland, FL
Trent Manning Sculpture Winter Haven, FL
Donna Harris Fiber  Wearable Winter Park, FL
Christopher Jeffries Glass Laguna Beach, CA
Greg Davis Photography Austin, TX
Barry Reithmeier Digital Art Rockford, IL
Kiersten Heitmann Fiber  Nonwearable Naples, FL
David Gordon Painting Jupiter, FL
Salem Barker Wood South Beloit, IL
Tai Taeoalii Drawing and Printmaking Hannibal, MO
Ann Marie Cianciolo Jewelry Ann Marie, WI
Mark Mohrenweiser Mixed Media Brighton, MI
Judges Awards: 
Name Medium Hometown
Wesley Rasko Glass Aventura, FL
David Figueroa Sculpture Sanford, FL
Don McWhorter Ceramics Carrollton, GA
Gloria McRoberts Fiber  Nonwearable Watertown, TN
Don & Serena David Jewelry Palm Coast, FL
R. L. Alexander Painting Celebration, FL
Karin Connolly Photography Orlando, FL
Tim Carter Wood Delray Beach, FL
Kate Carney Painting Orlando, FL
Todd K Fox Sculpture Orlando, FL
James Marsh Photography Michigan Center, MI
Micheal Paul Cole Photography Hannibal, MO
Emerging Artist Award: 
Matthew Lerer North Palm Beach, FL

Celebrating 36 years in Palm Beach County, the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival presented by Hanley Foundation wraps up today in Palm Beach Gardens. Ranked as one of the Top 10 art shows in the United States, ArtiGras showcases a unique juried exhibition of nearly 250 fine artists from all over the country.

A portion of the proceeds from ArtiGras goes to support art education in schools throughout Palm Beach County.

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