Student awards exhibit on display at university

Student awards exhibit on display at university The University Art Galleries at The University of South Dakota is pleased to announce that the 19th Annual Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition will be on view Feb. 6-26. The art show is open to the public and on display in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts at the Vermillion campus.

The awards exhibition is named for Wilber and Gladys Stilwell who were mainstays of the art program at USD between 1941 and 1973. Wilber was chair of the art department for 23 years and a leader in arts education who received many honors including the prestigious National Gallery of Art Medal for Distinguished Service.

Gladys was also an artist and provided support and friendship to generations of art students at the university. This year's exhibition is dedicated to Gladys who died Oct. 21, 2003.

Artwork in the Stilwell Exhibition is selected by an outside juror from hundreds of entries in all media and styles. Thanks to an endowment established by the Stilwell family, outstanding students are recognized with cash awards. In addition, students in the exhibition are supported by a number of special prizes and purchases by private collectors.

According to Cory Knedler, chair of the art department at USD, the Stilwell is a much anticipated event, and students consider it a great honor to have work selected for the exhibition.

Knedler says the art faculty is equally enthusiastic about the event because it offers the department an excellent opportunity to show off the high quality and variety of work created at USD.

The Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition opens with a public reception and awards ceremony at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6. The evening begins with comments by this year's juror, Mo Neal, professor of art at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and should last until 9 p.m.

The Main Gallery is open to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends.

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