32nd Annual High School Art Exhibition “Exhibiting Excellence” Opening in Crisp Museum

Photo of a pencil drawing of a woman's face on display as part of the High School Art Exhibition

This pencil drawing is among the works to be displayed at the 32nd Annual High School Art Exhibition: “Exhibiting Excellence” in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp Museum at Southeast’s River Campus.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 19, 2010 — The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum and the Department of Art at Southeast Missouri State University will host the 32nd Annual High School Art Exhibition: “Exhibiting Excellence,” Jan. 31 to March 7.

The juried exhibition showcases art works created by junior and senior high school students in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. The public is invited to attend an opening reception for the artists on Sunday, Jan. 31, from 2-4 p.m. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. and include first, second and third place in the categories of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fibers and photography. The artist with the piece determined Best of Show, will receive a $1,500 scholarship contingent upon enrollment at Southeast as an art major. A list of award winners will be made available after the awards ceremony. The exhibition juror, Dr. Karen Cummings, is the coordinator of art education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she holds a joint appointment in the Department of Art and Art History and the Division of Teaching and Learning.

Cummins received her doctoral degree in art education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Her most recent publication, “A Journey of Change in Visual Culture in the Art Class: Case Studies,” introduces readers to the invaluable opportunities awarded to adolescents as they engage in critical inquiry of contemporary visual culture imagery.The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast’s River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends. For more information, visit www.semo.edu/museum/ or call (573) 651-2260.