40th Annual High School Art Exhibition Opens Feb. 11 at Crisp Museum

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Beginning Feb. 11, the “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.

An opening reception, featuring the unveiling of this year’s exhibit, will be held from 1-4 p.m. 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 as an art major.

This year’s juror will be Dr. Edwin Smith, Southeast professor emeritus of art. Smith was founder of this annual exhibition and its coordinator for 30 years.

During his 45-year career with the University, Smith played a part in the education and launch of many great art teachers and art professionals. His influence and inspiration has a reached far beyond those he has known personally.

In addition to his career at Southeast, Smith has traveled to 43 countries on six continents, conducting primary research in public, private and parochial schools. He is the author of “Children’s Art: Visual Communication in Cultures Around the World” and “Carving: In Cultures Around the World,” both published in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Smith received a doctorate in art education and sculpture at University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas; a Master of Fine Arts in art education and sculpture at Northern University of Colorado in Greeley, Colorado; and a bachelor’s degree in education with a double major in elementary education and art education from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) in Kirksville, Missouri.

For more information on the exhibit, visit http://rivercampus.org/event/exhibiting-excellence/.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email museum@semo.edu.