TCU Fine Arts students win inaugural Horned Frog Spotlight forum

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Juliana DeBellis (left) and Collin Pittmann (center) with Joe Rhoads, who also competed in the Horned Frog Spotlight performance category.

College of Fine Arts students Juliana DeBellis and Collin Pittmann placed first and second, respectively, in the inaugural Horned Frog Spotlight, a creative arts and research forum for juniors and seniors, held Nov. 12. The event was presented by TCU Student Success and the Center for Career & Professional Development to recognize the important work students have completed alongside their faculty mentors.

DeBellis, a senior Honors ballet major and arts leadership and entrepreneurship minor, was awarded first prize and a cash scholarship for In Your Presence, a screendance she choreographed last year.

Juliana DeBellis

Pittmann, a double major in theatre and journalism, was awarded the performance category’s second prize and a cash scholarship for Wonder Women, a show he conceptualized and directed earlier this semester.

Students submitted their projects for consideration for the Horned Frog Spotlight, which featured a performance category and a presentation category.

Collin Pittmann

Winners were determined by a panel of judges, including Diana Simeroth, SPHR, business operations director for Kids Who Care, Inc..; Nicole Fincher, marketing & special projects manager for Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.; Stefanie Ball, creative services manager for Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Wesley Gentle, CFRE, director of advancement for the Arts Council of Fort Worth; and Gary Phillips, Metro Praise & Keller Orchestras.

“We are extremely proud of the College of Fine Arts students who were selected to participate in the inaugural Horned Frog Spotlight,” said Kristen Queen, Ed.D., director of the college’s academic resource center. “Juliana and Collin excellent examples of how TCU College of Fine Arts students combine seemingly disparate skills in their quest for impacting our society through the performing arts. Acknowledgement of their brilliance by TCU and our community partners is especially meaningful as we return to the campus with a desire for creating and collaborating across disciplines, majors and colleges.”