KIA Exhibits Works of West Michigan's Most Talented Teens

2010 High School Area Show - March 6 - 28

Posted: February 25, 2010
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February 25, 2010

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KIA Exhibits Works of West Michigan's Most Talented Teens
2010 High School Area Show - March 6 - 28

Kalamazoo, MI - Thursday, February 25, 2010. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is proud to present its annual showcase of West Michigan's most talented high school artists with the 2010 High School Area Show. The exhibition opens Saturday, March 6 and continues through Sunday, March 28 at the KIA.

2010 High School Area Show-Jake Vogds

Jake Vogds, Opal Consciousness, oil. Portage Northern H.S., Grade 11. 2010 High School Area Show Finalist.

An opening night reception, including snacks and beverages, will take place Friday, March 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the KIA (awards ceremony at 6 p.m.). This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Now in its 31st year, the High School Area Show drew 397 entries from 267 artists in Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties.

This year's guest juror is Karen Bondarchuk, an Assistant Professor of Art at WMU's Frostic School of Art. She teaches drawing and sculpture courses and coordinates the Foundation Art area. Her artwork includes sculpture, kinetics, bookmaking, drawing, video, and performance and is in public and private collections..

Five $100 cash prizes and one $100 scholarship to the Kirk Newman Art School will be awarded to the top entries, also selected by Bondarchuk. In addition, up to three Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University Portfolio Scholarships, worth up to $12,000 each, may be awarded to students whose work exhibits special merit.

The 2010 High School Area Show is sponsored by Educational Community Credit Union. The exhibition is free of charge and open during normal gallery hours at the KIA: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon-5 p.m.

(Digital images of last year's show are available immediately. Digital images of the 2010 award-winning works will be available for publication beginning Friday, March 5.)

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes and free-admission programming, including exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts for the communities of West Michigan.