Jade Riedel Scholarship
Competition and Exhibition

The Jade Riedel Scholarship Competition and Exhibition is open to Collier County High School juniors and seniors who are planning to study art at an accredited college or university. The goal of the scholarship program is to encourage aspiring artists to further their artistic development at the college level. Scholarship dollars are sent to the financial aid offices of colleges and universities where scholarship winners are enrolled as declared Art Majors.

In addition to the opportunity to compete for scholarship awards, applicants will have their artwork professionally displayed in the Naples Art  from April 10 – 30, 2020. The Naples Woman’s Club and The Ringling College of Art and Design are partners in the program. During the 2020 competition the Naples Woman’s Club will give $1,000 in awards, The Ringling College of Art and Design will award one $20,000 scholarship to a student who has applied and been accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year and Naples Art will award $10,000 in scholarships to students pursuing art degrees from accredited colleges and universities.

Frequently Asked Questions


In 1971, Naples Art artists initiated a college scholarship program designed to encourage young aspiring artists to follow their dreams of becoming professionals in the visual arts. Now in its 49th year, Naples Art is pleased to continue its college scholarship legacy thanks to community support. Jade Riedel was an exceptional artist and Naples Art instructor who served as the chair of the scholarship program and was its chief fundraiser for many years. The program was named after her to honor her memory and vision.

The Naples Woman’s Club Eileen Steen Art Award: Eileen Steen was a 25-year member of the Naples Woman’s Club who was a passionate supporter of the arts. Eileen Steen Art Awards are given yearly for excellent artwork.


Only Collier County junior and senior high school students are eligible to participate. Each applicant may enter one original 2 or 3-dimensional work of art. Copies of original artwork are not eligible. Scholarships are awarded based on the artwork entered and the student’s intent to study art at the college level. To be eligible for the $20,000 Ringling College of Art and Design scholarship, the student must have applied and been accepted to Ringling College for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021


2-dimensional artwork is not to exceed 40” x 40” including frame. Works on paper must be matted in white or off-white. Frames are recommended, but not required. Paintings on stretched canvas must be presentable and ready for gallery installation. 3-dimensional artwork must fit on a 14” x 14” gallery pedestal.


Scholarship awards will be assigned based on the following criteria: Originality, knowledge and technique, utilization of design principles and composition, presentation, and proof of the student’s intention to continue art studies at the college level (proof of intent is a copy of the acceptance letter from your art school of choice).


Complete the “Artwork Registration Form.” Deliver your artwork to Naples Art  at 585 Park Street in Naples on Tuesday, April 2, 2020 between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Artwork must remain with Naples Art until the scheduled pick up date (May 1). All paint must be dry with artwork ready for gallery installation.


On Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm Naples Art will host a reception at 585 Park Street in Naples. During the reception, the scholarship winners will be announced. Award winners in Naples Art’s Daydeams Exhibition will also be announced. Announcements will begin at approximately 6:30 pm in Naples Art’s Frederick O. Watson Gallery. Students exhibiting in the Jade Riedel Scholarship Competition and their family members will be admitted at no cost. Name tags for students will be available at a check-in table located on your left-hand side when entering. Please use the Park Street pedestrian ramp to enter for the reception.

A second reception will be held for Eileen Steen Art Award winners at the Naples Woman’s Club located at 570 Park Street in Naples. Artwork by the two Eileen Steen Art Award winners will be displayed at the Naples Woman’s Club during the reception.


Artwork pick up will be held at Naples Art on Friday, May 1 from 2:00 pm to 6 pm. If you are unable to pick up your artwork on May 1, your artwork will be available for pick up daily through May 16 (excluding Sundays) between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Storage space is limited and students are strongly encouraged to pick up their artwork. Artwork not picked up by June 5, 2020 will be considered abandon and may no longer be kept by Naples Art.


Naples Art will award its scholarships in the following amounts: one $5,000, one $2,500, two $1,000 and one $500. All Naples Art scholarships must be used within five years of the award date. Scholarship award funds will be paid directly to the approved institution where the award recipient is enrolled as an Art Major. No scholarship funds are given directly to individual students. Scholarship funds are to be used only for post-high school art studies in accredited universities, colleges and schools of art and design. Scholarships are solely for the students who have won them. Scholarships may not be transferred or shared.

The Ringling College of Art and Design scholarship will be provided over a four-year period with $5,000 applied throughout each academic year. To be eligible for the $20,000 Ringling College of Art and Design scholarship, students must apply and be accepted to the College for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.

The Naples Woman’s Club will give two $500 award checks. Eileen Steen Art Awards will be paid directly to students by representatives from the Naples Woman’s Club during Naples Art’s April 16 reception.


Contact Jack O’Brien, Curator at 239.262.6517 or by email at jack.obrien@naplesart.org

The Scholarship Judges

Patrick Morrison will judge all entries for scholarship awards. He is an award winning painter, teacher and bluegrass musician. He was the first art teacher on the Naples High School staff and started his 35-year teaching career with the school system in 1968. He taught drawing, painting, two-dimensional design and computer graphics including Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign before retiring in 2003.

Many of Patrick’s students participated in the Naples Art’s Scholarship program, earned college degrees and then went on to achieve success in the visual arts as working artists, college art professors, advertising agency creative directors and multimedia animators. Patrick earned a Master of Arts degree in Education from Murray State University in Kentucky and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota. He currently manages Morrison Graphics, a photography restoration business, with his wife Sharon.

Dr. Larry R. Thompson will assign the Ringling College of Art and Design scholarship award. He is currently celebrating his 21st anniversary as President of Ringling College of Art and Design. Larry is passionate about the arts and education and has worked tirelessly to infuse his spirit of inclusion throughout the campus by celebrating diversity, encouraging freedom of expression, supporting new ways of teaching and learning, and encouraging risk-taking to enhance the overall academic experience.

Larry is president for the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) and the President’s Council of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF), where he serves as treasurer. Locally, he is Chairman of the Sarasota County Arts Council and is a board member of Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, the Community Health Corporation for Sarasota Memorial Hospital, SunTrust, Sarasota Season of Sculpture, and the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. He also participates on the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County Partners Council and 82° TECH’s education committee. He is a member of the Realize Bradenton steering committee and is also Human Development advisor to the weekly cable television program, City Design.

He received his Juris Doctorate summa cum laude from The Ohio State University and practiced law for a number of years. He has a Master of Science in educational administration and counseling from California State University, Los Angeles.

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