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February 11 - March 18, 2018
Opening Reception: February 11, 1-4 p.m.
“Exhibiting Excellence: 40th Annual High School Art Exhibition,” an invitational juried art exhibit for 11th and 12th grade students in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois, will be displayed in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
The Art Faculty at Southeast Missouri State University is pleased to host the opening reception, featuring the unveiling of this year’s exhibit, from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, with an awards ceremony beginning at 3 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through March 18, and admission is free.
“High school art instructors from this region have submitted the finest original works by their students for jurying,” said Peter Nguyen, Museum director.
First, second and third place awards will be presented in the categories of sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, mixed media, photography, fibers, drawing and painting. Additionally, there is an Art Academy Award and Best of Show Award. The recipient of the Art Academy Award will receive a scholarship to attend one of the University’s Summer Art Academy workshops, and the recipient of the Best in Show Award will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Southeast University as an art major.
This year’s juror will be Dr. Edwin Smith, who is the founder of this annual exhibition and was also its coordinator for thirty years. Dr. Smith received his Ed. D. in Art Education and Sculpture at University of Kansas at Lawrence, Kansas. His Master of Fine Arts was earned at Northern University of Colorado at Greeley, Colorado, in Art Education and Sculpture. His Bachelor of Science in Education with a double major in elementary education and art education was earned from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State) in Kirksville, MO.
During his forty-five year career, Dr. Smith has played a part in the education and launch of many great art teachers and art professionals, who hold him in high esteem. His influence and inspiration has a reach far beyond those he has known personally.
Dr. Smith has traveled to forty-three countries on six continents, conducted primary research in public, private and parochial schools leading to two books published in Cambridge, MA. “Children’s Art: Visual Communication in Cultures Around the World” and “Carving: in Cultures Around the World.”