Local Business Donates to Congressional Exhibition

Nutrien continues its support of community events in eastern North Carolina

GREENVILLE, NC – Nutrien, (formerly PotashCorp) recently continued its support of community events in eastern North Carolina with a special $2.500 contribution to Emerge Gallery & Art Center.

U.S. Congressman Walter Jones stated “Emerge Gallery is such a vital part of our community.  They are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Pitt County by promoting artists and arts organizations, educating through the arts, and making the arts accessible to the entire community.  Every year they are instrumental in organizing the Third Congressional District’s Annual Art Competition, and through their efforts amazing talent is recognized and rewarded.”

Holly Garriott, Executive Director at Emerge, added,
"Emerge Gallery is dedicated to hosting the Congressional High School Exhibition each year for this region. We are proud to showcase such great talent from the region, and are excited to share the talent of these students and their teachers with our community.  We are so fortunate to have Congressman Jones provide such a wonderful opportunity to our area students to have their artistic talents highlighted in such a manner.”

This year, there were 23 submissions, as each teacher could submit their top two pieces.  The artwork will be on display at Emerge Gallery in May. The Arts Council’s Exhibition Committee chose the winners based on originality, technical skill, and concept.  It was very competitive with so many different schools participating, and with such a variety of media submitted.  This year’s winners included 1st place winner Taylor Pinney from South Central High School for a photography piece “Abandoned Beauty.” 2nd place went to Ava Haddad from Arendell Parrott Academy for a painting “Anelisa”, and 3rd place went to Ian Brown from J.H. Rose High School for a ink drawing “The Soaring Organ Loft of Beverly Minister.”  Honorable Mentions went to Saba Ahmed from South Central High School for the painting “KalEYEdoscope” and Shay Smithwick from J.H. Rose High School for drawing “Alex”. The 1st place winner received a cash award and funds for travel expenses to Washington, D.C. for the National Reception.  The other students who participated in the exhibition received cash prizes as well.

Ray McKeithan, Manager of Nutrien, stated “It is encouraging to see that arts are alive and well in our schools. Our teachers deserve support and encouragement and these creative students need an outlet for their talent. We are grateful for Congressman Jones' commitment to arts in education, and for the valued partnership we share with Pitt County Arts Council.”

Emerge Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Pitt County by promoting artists and arts organizations, educating through the arts, and making the arts accessible to the entire community. The Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge is the local arts council for Pitt County. PCAC at Emerge is located in a facility with over 8000 square feet, at 404 S. Evans Street in Uptown Greenville. There are three main gallery spaces, including two that rotate monthly with new exhibitions. There are also three smaller gallery spaces around the art center for community and student exhibitions to be shown. Emerge has a full art center including a pottery facility with 13 potter’s wheels, a metalsmithing studio, photography classroom, and two general classrooms. Emerge offers weekly adult and children’s classes, workshops, and special events, as well as a full children’s summer program.

E-mail info@pittcountyarts.org or call (252) 551-6947 for more information.

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Nutrien Manager, Ray McKeithan (L), U.S. Congressman Walter Jones (M), and Executive Director at Emerge, Holly Garriott (R)

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