Published on December 2nd, 2015


A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts & Palm Beach State College Students Win Contest

In celebration of its 19th edition of Art Palm Beach, scheduled for January 20 – 24, 2016 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, Lee Ann and David Lester, the fair’s founders/organizers, launched a new competition for the fair’s annual poster. Two winners have been selected, Samantha Vassor from the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and Laura Rincon from Palm Beach State College.

The Lester’s partnered with the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts and Palm Beach State College and the competition was open to all students from both schools, the only caveat being the inclusion of the phrase, Art Palm Beach 2016.

“We wanted the students to have creative liberty and were thrilled with the hundreds of submissions that we received. Our curatorial panel narrowed the entries down to the ten best from each school and then we opened to voting to the public,” says Lee Ann Lester.

Samantha Vassor

Samantha Vassor

Laura Rincon

Laura Rincon

More than 33,000 votes were cast, and Ms. Vassor and Ms. Rincon received more than 40% of the votes in separate polls for each school. In addition to the prestige of serving as the official Art Palm Beach 2016 posters, Vassor’s Mt. Pink Lake and Rincon’s Self Portrait will be published in 10,000 copies of the January 2016 issue of PureHoney Magazine as 22’ X 34’posters, and will be included in marketing campaigns with the originals exhibited at the fair.

“It is a great opportunity for the students to get engaged with the contemporary art world coming into their local community and learn about a part of the process behind planning and marketing a large event like Art Palm Beach,” says Lacey Van Reeth, Dean of Visual Arts, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts.

Samantha Vassor

Mt. Pink Lake by Samantha Vassor

“We’re very excited that Art Palm Beach, the largest art show in Palm Beach County wanted to connect with our students. It’s so important that our students exhibit their work and have the opportunity to deal with clients early on in their careers. Palm Beach State College is thrilled that Laura Rincon, one of our talented students, will have her artwork serve as the poster for Art Palm Beach,” says Victoria R. Martin, Professor 1, Department Chair Fine Arts and Graphic Design, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth Campus.

Art Palm Beach, the internationally renowned premiere mid-winter contemporary art fair on Florida’s Gold Coast takes place January 20-24, 2016 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Celebrating its 19th year, Art Palm Beach is Palm Beach County’s longest running fair dedicated to contemporary, emerging, and modern master works of art of the 20th and 21st centuries. More than 85 international galleries will exhibit paintings, sculpture, as well as functional and innovative design. Video, new technologies, performance art, art installations are a unique feature of the fair offering collectors exposure to today’s emerging art trends. For additional information please visit


“Self Portrait” by Laura Rincon

The A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts is a public arts magnet high school, founded in 1980, today the school offers concentrations in communications, dance, music, theatre and visual arts, with admission decided only by an applicant’s talent and only through an audition process. Graduates are consistently accepted at the top colleges and

Palm Beach State College was founded in 1933 as Florida’s first public community college. Integrally linked to the community through strong partnerships, the College provides associate and baccalaureate degrees, professional certificates, workforce development and lifelong learning. Palm Beach State College’s mission is to create and sustain a dynamic teaching and learning environment that provides a high-quality, accessible, affordable education, preparing students to contribute and compete ethically and successfully in a diverse global community.

PureHoney is a print and online magazine serving South Florida from Stuart to Miami-Dade Counties covering art, music, events and beyond.

Next Level Fairs is the parent company for Art Palm Beach and Art Boca Raton. Next Level Fairs curates sophisticated, event driven fairs attracting global attendance, supported by an international marketing and branding strategy in coordination with local museums, collectors and galleries.

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