JCPS Students Selected for Arts Program

Initiative pairs students with local artist mentors

Six students from Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) are working with artist mentors this summer after being selected to participate in a program created for students interested in pursuing visual art as a career. 

The program, called The Future Is Now, is a partnership between The Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University and Louisville Visual Art (LVA). The initiative pairs students with local artist mentors to explore new artistic processes, portfolio building, exhibition design, installation, marketing and other skills required to be a professional artist.

JCPS students selected for the program include:

Nicole Scott
Nicole Scott, Ballard High School. Nicole stays active by participating in art and sewing classes, Spanish Club, cheerleading and volunteering in community service projects. Nicole is busy developing her own website called "uNique Styles" and her fashions have been featured in a local  eNewsletter. 
Brittney Sharp
Brittney Sharp, Eastern High School. Her chosen mediums are colored pencils, markers or acrylic paint. This year Brittney won an honorable mention from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Rashad Sullivan
Rashad Sullivan, Western High School. Rashad excels in the fine arts department and is an excellent draftsman. All of his artwork is done by freehand. 
Hannah Lyle
Hannah Lyle, Ballard High School. Hannah enjoys oil painting and is a member of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS).
Heavenly Tanner
Heavenly Tanner, The Academy @ Shawnee. Heavenly’s chosen medium is drawing, which includes graphite pencil, sharpie pens and markers. Heavenly won the Kentucky Derby Art Contest when she was in elementary school. She also received a scholarship to UofL for art by winning a contest sponsored by the university.
Sunny Rae
Sunny Rae Podbelsek, duPont Manual High School. Sunny loves to create comics and characters. She has won several awards, including four regional Silver Keys, five regional Gold Keys, eight regional honorable mentions and one national Silver Key in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Over the course of the program, each student and mentor will be working to create artwork individually and collaboratively that will culminate in an exhibition at the 849 Gallery, The Kentucky College of Art + Design’s campus art gallery.

The participating artist mentors this summer are Jake FordBobby BarbourDeb WhistlerDominic GuarnaschelliLinda Erzinger and Lauren Hirsch.