Hemmerla Returns to Southeast to Jury High School Exhibition

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Jan. 11, 2006 – The Southeast Missouri Regional Museum and the Department of Art at Southeast Missouri State University are hosting an Exhibition of Excellence for high school students in the region beginning Jan. 29 with the 28th Annual High School Art Symposium.

An opening reception for the exhibition is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 29. Refreshments will be served, and awards will be presented at 3 p.m.  The general public, as well as families and friends of the artistically talented high school students, are invited to the opening reception.

The Exhibition of Excellence will be on display for the public at the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum through Feb. 19.  Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.         To be considered for inclusion in the exhibition, art students from area schools submit their best art works to their art teachers who then deliver the art works to Southeast’s Department of Art to be juried for inclusion in the Museum exhibition.

The juror, Dr. Paul Hemmerla, graduated from Southeast in 1986 with a bachelor of science in art education. He also holds a psychology degree from Southeast that he completed in 1979.  He received a master’s degree in fine art in sculpture in 1992 and a doctoral degree in art education in 2000, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Hemmerla currently works as a sculptor and teaches sculpture and art education at Kansas City Community College in Kansas. 

On Jan. 18-19, Hemmerla will look at between 800 and 1,000 entries of high school students’ artwork from about 36 regional high schools.  These schools are located in 26 counties in the Missouri service area and 17 counties in southern Illinois.  High school art teachers select the best artwork from their students and submit it to Southeast’s Department of Art for the jury process.  Only about 110 works of art are selected to be included in the “Exhibition of Excellence” at the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum on campus.

Hemmerla also will choose the award winners for the exhibit.  The two premier awards are “Best in Show” and “Distinguished Merit,” each with an accompanying scholarship of $1,500 and $1,000 if the award winners attend Southeast Missouri State as an art major.  Other awards of first, second and third place will be presented in each category of sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, fibers and ceramics.

For more information on the 28th Annual High School Art Symposium, contact Dr. Edwin Smith, Southeast professor of art and middle and secondary education, at (573) 651-2720 or Pat Reagan, chair of Southeast’s Department of Art, at (573) 651-2790.