Huntington University to host high school art exhibit

Janna Kurzen, "Sunrise on Snow"
2007, acrylic on canvas
Tuslaw High School, Best of Show 2007
Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University will host a high school art exhibit from March 7-28 in the Robert E. Wilson Gallery of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

“We wanted to provide an opportunity for regional high school students to have a professional quality exhibit to showcase their work,” said Rebecca Coffman, professor of art. “It’s also a great opportunity to introduce them to Huntington University. Most importantly, we want to celebrate the visual arts being created by high school students in this area.”

The competition is open to high school students within a 150-mile radius of the university. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. on March 1. Works of art must be original and created within the last year.

High school seniors may compete for the Huntington University Department of Visual Arts 2008-2009 Performance Grants. The grade point average minimum is 2.5 overall and 3.0 in art classes. Performance grants are available to students intending to come to Huntington as full-time art majors. Along with GPA, portfolios are considered. In exchange for the award, students work in some type of service role for the Department of Visual Arts such as a student assistant or gallery assistant.

The exhibition awards will be juried by Huntington University Department of Visual Arts faculty including Rebecca Coffman, professor of art, Ken Hopper, associate professor of art, and Barb Michel, visiting instructor in art. Best of show, first place, second place and third place awards along with cash prizes will be given.

The awards reception will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on March 8.

The high school art exhibit is open to the public. The Robert E. Wilson Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., before and after all Merillat Centre performances, and by appointment. For further information, contact Barb Michel, interim gallery director, at (260) 359-4172.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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