CNUSD Student Artwork Showcased in 2022 RCOE Fine Arts Spectacular

Vivid colors, detailed ink illustrations, striking photographs, and creative mixed media compositions are just a few of the mediums used by students in the 2nd Annual Fine Arts Spectacular organized by the Riverside County Office of Education. 

All selected students (finalists and winners) will have their artwork displayed virtually on the Fine Arts Spectacular website and receive a Certificate of Recognition from the Riverside County Office of Education

“For students in Riverside County, art does more than imitate real life, it elevates life. The Fine Arts Spectacular may be the first time that many of our students have been formally recognized for their creative abilities or seen their work exhibited on the walls of an art gallery,” said Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Edwin Gomez. “Thank you to the judges, sponsors, and partners like the College of the Desert who share our interest in elevating student voices through the Fine Arts Spectacular.” 

The theme, “What Matters” prompted students to visually communicate what matters to them—locally, globally, personally, societally, socially, or politically. Students’ two- and three-dimensional works were awarded in each age division (6-8 and 9-12) in the following categories:

  • Best Use of Black and White

  • Director’s Favorite

  • Expressive Use of Color

  • Innovative Interpretation of the Theme

  • Meaningful Use of Materials

  • Originality

  • Quality Craftsmanship

  • Judge's Favorite

“What began with the Art Connects virtual art exhibition immediately after the school shutdown in March 2020, has grown into the Fine Arts Spectacular,” said Louisa Higgins, Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Administrator at the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE). “By asking students ‘What Matters’ to them, we are inviting them to share a glimpse of the world they see today, and their dreams for how to shape the direction it takes as artistic leaders of the next generation.”

Congratulations to our wonderful students!

Expressive Use of Color

Derek Perfilio - Norco Intermediate School

Ella Haigh - El Cerrito Middle School

Innovative Interpretation of the Theme

Juliana Rose - El Cerrito Middle School

Meaningful Use of Materials

Sofia Orozco-Martinez - El Cerrito Middle School


Macie Brenneman - El Cerrito Middle School

Quality Craftsmanship

Mia Tustison - El Cerrito Middle School

Sophie Montoya - El Cerrito Middle School

Gracie Doose - El Cerrito Middle School