Art show features area high school students; event runs to March 18

Art show features area high school students; event runs to March 18 The University of South Dakota Art Galleries is pleased to host the third annual Area High School Art Exhibition in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts from now until March 18.

The show features nearly 200 works by talented students from 18 high schools as part of National Youth Art Month. Participating artists will be honored at a public reception in the Main Gallery on March 16 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Initiated in 2000, the exhibition celebrates the vitality and creativity of the region's high school students and teachers. According to Jeff Freeman, USD art professor who established the show, its benefits are to encourage young artists, recognize teachers, and reinforce community support for arts education.

High schools participating in this year's exhibition are: Freeman Academy, Newell-Fonda, Sioux Falls O'Gorman, Vermillion, Winnebago, Beresford, Elk-Point Jefferson, Wessington Springs, Schaller-Crestland, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, Little Wound, Bonesteel-Fairfax, Dakota Valley, Aberdeen Central, Mitchell, Alcester-Hudson, Rapid City Stevens and Watertown. All of the participants and schools receive certificates and USD art faculty will recognize outstanding works in the exhibition with merit certificates. In addition, selected students who plan to attend USD as art majors will receive scholarships based upon works submitted to the show.

The gallery is open to the public free of charge between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. weekends.

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