KIA Hosts 34th Annual High School Area Show

Posted: February 10, 2015
Source: Susan Eckhardt
Job Title: Director of Museum Education
Phone: (269) 349-7775


On April 25, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will open its 34th annual High School Area Show, a juried exhibition of artists 18 years or younger, in grades 9 - 12, residing in Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties. The exhibition hosts over 100 pieces of art and offers a variety of mediums, including: glass, 2-D, 3-D, video, ceramics, metal, jewelry, and more.

Submissions must be hand-delivered between March 25-27 to the KIA. Students and teachers are encouraged to learn more and find entry forms at

Educator, artist, and curator Greg Waskowsky, recently retired from the KIA, will jury the exhibition and select works to exhibit at the KIA, along with winners of cash awards and scholarships to be announced at the opening reception on April 24.

Partnering with the KIA is the 6th District Congressional Office of Rep. Fred Upton. Artists whose work meets the requirements may choose to concurrently enter the Congressional Art Competition (CAC). The juror will select a work that will hang for one year in the U.S. Capitol, and the artist will receive airfare for two to Washington, D.C., and an invitation to the Artist Reception. Find further details about the CAC:

Autumn Roth, then a senior at St. Joseph High School in Berrien County, won last year's Sixth District CAC competition with her digital photograph titled Heard? (shown at right). The idea for the image came from pictures Roth had seen of women covered head to foot in burkas. The title, she said, was inspired by the saying that children should be seen but not heard.

Important dates:

  • March 25-27: Art must be hand delivered to the KIA between 9 am - 5 pm
  • April 24, 5:30 - 7:30 pm: Reception and awards ceremony
  • April 25, 11 am: Exhibition opens to the public

Awards to be given on April 24:

  • Five $100 cash awards
  • Five KIA Kirk Newman Art School $100 Summer 2015 Scholarships (
  • Up to three Western Michigan University Gwen Frostic School of Art Scholarships ( of up to $12,000 each over the course of four years of undergraduate study
  • Up to three Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University Scholarships ( of up to $12,000 each over the course of four years of undergraduate study
  • Up to three Cleveland Institute of Art Scholarships ( of up to $10,000 per year ($40,000 over the course of four years of undergraduate study at CIA), awarded to high school juniors for work of special merit
  • One $500 Cleveland Institute of Art Summer Program Scholarship ( may be awarded to a high school sophomore or junior for work of special merit.

The High School Area Show is sponsored by:

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