Nereim Fine Arts Award

The Nereim Fine Arts Awards, In honor of founding Board Members Gordon and jean Nereim.

Each year Heritage Arts Center Association awards $1,000 to a High School Senior from East Pasco County who submits artwork (painting, sculpture, drawings or photography) in our Nereim Visual Arts competition.  

The Nereim Award was named in honor of Gordon and Jean Nereim, who were the founding Board Members of HACA. They were both lost in a tragic automobile accident in Dade City.  Their love of the Arts lives on through this award.

All applications were due on March 31, 2024 for our 2024 Award.  We will post our 2024 Scholarship Winner in May, 2024. 

Our 2025 Window will open January 1, 2025 and Close on March 31, 2025.  


Our 2023 Nereim Fine Arts Award Recipient is

Isabella Moreno

The 2023 Nereim award was presented to Isabella Moreno of Sunlake High School. After graduation she Plans to study at the Savannah College of Art and Design and hopes to pursue a career in Animation Storytelling with a focus in Visual Development
Her Description of the winning artwork: “I used Procreate to create ”Riva’s Tires”, my 12”x18” digital painting. After creating a solid foundation for my setting with perspective, I utilized multiple different brushes to create different surfaces and textures within the piece. I used a painterly, stoked brush to emulate the fibers in palm fronds, a softer paint brush for the edges of a flowering tree, and to achieve a more graphic feel, I also made use halftone and screen-print dots in select places like the flowers and shaded areas to emphasize different textures or planes.”

Isabella’s work will be featured at our Heritage Art’s “Moonlight and Ivory” concerts and art show, held annually at Dade City’s Woman’s Club. This Year our Moonlight and Ivory show is scheduled on November 2, 2024.  More information about that event, and the organization, may be found at  

Congratulations Isabella on your winning artwork