RMS Visual Arts Program

Okaloosa County School District and the Arts & Design Society
held the 2018 Van Porter Artist of the Year Juried Art Show
for Grades 8 and 12
Mya Shekitka
In February 2018, the school district's Van Porter Award for Body of Work
went to Mya Shekitka. This is the third consecutive year that Ruckel has
had the Van Porter Artist of the Year under teacher Carmen Patterson.

Payton Lacanilao
Ruckel student Payton Lacanilao took 1st place
for her colored pencil piece, Piglet Days.

Kay-Leigh Music
Also winning from Ruckel is Kay-Leigh Music, who took 3rd place in the Art
Center Awards for her batik, Pandas.

In all, nine talented Ruckel artists participated in the Van Porter Art Show
in Fort Walton Beach -- congratulations for your excellent work!

The show may be viewed during Gallery Hours February 20 to March 2, 2018
Tuesday-Friday: 12:00 to 4:00 pm and Saturday: 1:00 to 4:00 pm
17 1st Street, Fort Walton Beach, FL

Art at state capitol
Ruckel Student, Anna Keim 7th grade, won the honor of representing Okaloosa County
and her piece is "Epic," the art featuring a Hermit Crab in the upper left corner.

The Okaloosa County School District held the second annual Art in the Capitol Contest from October 9-12. Middle schools in the district submitted ten entries each.
Ruckel Middle School took the Best of Show for the second year in a row.
Anna Keim won with her mixed media drawing entitled Epic, which will now be on display in Tallahassee at the Capitol during the winter legislative session.

Anna's colored pencil drawing of The Barn took second place in the Drawing category.
Other place winners from RMS include: In the Batik category, Greenlee Shinn- 1st place, Katie Etan-2nd place, and Samantha Feldman-3rd place.

Ruckel's Art classes participated in designing and producing
one of the Rain Barrels on Parade in conjunction with the
2017 Builders Industry Association Parade of Homes.
The different barrels were on display during the event June 10 to 18.

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2017 Okaloosa County School District Art Show - Great Job!
As always, Ruckel entered a hundred pieces of student art in a variety of categories, sincluding both two and three dimensional work.  We were awarded 66 ribbons for our efforts.  Nineteen of those are first place blue ribbon winners.
Every year one piece is selected as BEST IN SHOW for each category (2-D and 3-D).
This year’s recipient of the BEST IN SHOW 3-D is RMS eighth grader,
Leilani Ledford for her work, The Raven.

With this very important win, Ruckel has made a sweep of the highest awards
for the 2017 school year. Marleigh Moore’s work was selected to represent
Okaloosa County at the Inaugural Art in the Capitol Contest.
Lauren Vestel was chosen to be the Van Porter Artist of the Year.
Now Leilani Ledford joins them with the Best in Show at the
2017 Okaloosa County School District Art Show.
We are very proud of our Ruckel artists!
Complete list of Ruckel OCSD Art Show winners here!

  • sculptures
  • balloon sculpture
  • festive mask
  • feathered mask

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Last Updated March 6, 2018