Ms. Cathy Dixon
Visual Arts Teacher
Awards & Accomplishments
Students participate in the Southern Teachers Agency Annual Secondary Schools Art Contest. In this competition, when chosen, their artwork appears in a public calendar for all to see.
Students compete for the National Congressional Award Art Exhibit. We compete with every school nationwide that chooses to enter the competition. Artwork chosen is displayed in Washington DC at the Capital. We have had only one piece chosen thus far to be a permanent resident within the Capital.
Student artwork is displayed at the Jacksonville International Airport three times a year. We were the first High School given this recognition and honor. We have done this display for the last 15 years. This is one of our most visible displays in terms of reaching the public.
Providence Student artwork is displayed at the Florida National Guard Base in Jacksonville, Florida. We are the only school with this distinction.
Providence Student artwork will be on display at Camp Blanding Military Museum this June- December of 2014. We are the only school with this distinction.
Student artwork is displayed in the New Life Sanctuary once per year, and displayed at Providence year round.
Student artwork will be displayed in the Emergency Pediatric Wing of Shand’s Hospital
The visual arts classes at Providence participate in Christmas Night of the Arts by displaying more than 20 pieces of student work. The pottery students display their work in the Providence mezzanine at the end of the year to show their hand built pieces.
A student used her portfolio to gain entrance to Virginia Commonwealth University. Out of over 900 students only 92 were enrolled. VCU is the no. 1 public art program in the United States, second only to Yale.
Several of our students apply and are accepted to Savannah School Art and Design. In 2016, a student used her portfolio for entrance into SCAD’s Rising Star program and received a scholarship for her portfolio.
Two Providence Portfolio Students were awarded a total of $54,000.00 each over a period of 4 years for their portfolio submitted to Samford University. Both students were awarded the School of the Arts Scholarship and School of the Arts Dean’s Scholarship.
A Drawing II student used his drawings to compile his portfolio. He was awarded entrance into 7 Universities with his portfolio and choose Cornell University under their Architecture program in which to enroll.
Providence Portfolio Student was awarded the National Merit Scholarship Award for Visual Arts to Ole Miss University. (This scholarship covers all her Fine Arts classes, art supplies and expenses that she will incur while she is at University).
The visual arts program help students identify, explore and nurture their God-given gifts and talents. Providence students are given the opportunity to display their art far beyond the campus walls. Through our portfolio program, students build strong portfolios and records of accomplishment, which can provide an important advantage during the college application process. This program has led to lucrative scholarships to prestigious colleges.
Providence Visual Arts Department is divided into three sections: Drawing, Pottery and Portfolio. A student may take Drawing I, II or Honors in the 2-Dimensional field of the visual arts and Pottery I, II or Honors Pottery in the 3-Dimensional field. Portfolio is a course designed to help students not only gain credit in one College/University class, but to achieve a scholarship of substantial amount for the student. far, every portfolio student the Providence has had, as achieved scholarships to their college/ or University. We have a 100% success rating. Providence is one of few schools which offers Drawing I, II, and Drawing III Honors, Pottery I, II, and Pottery III Honors, and Portfolio.
Providence is one of the few school to offer a Pottery program. Students may use their 12 pieces of pottery and Technical Records to achieve full credit for Pottery I in the University or College they have chosen. We have several students that have taken advantage of this opportunity. Students also compete in the Duval County Annual Secondary Schools Art Contest and for the Duval County School Board Building exhibit. Student artwork is regularly on display at the Jacksonville International Airport. Providence is the first school out of both private and public schools to be awarded this exhibit.
Students also compete for the National Congressional Award Exhibit in Washington, DC. Work chosen is on exhibit at the Nation’s Capital. Providence is proud to say we have participated in that distinctive exhibit. Student artwork is displayed in the New Life Sanctuary twice a year and around Providence year round.
Here is a partial list of where some of our graduates have continued their artistic careers at the collegiate level: