Art Month celebrated with high school show at USD

Art Month celebrated with high school show at USD
March is National Youth Art Month and an occasion to highlight the role of art and creativity in K-12 education. It is also a chance to recognize the outstanding work being done by art teachers in local communities.

The University of South Dakota Department of Art has a century-long tradition of preparing art educators and promoting their work. During March, the University Art Galleries is pleased to offer the public the Sixth Annual Area High School Art show. This year, 22 area schools are participating in the exhibition with over 200 works of art in a wide variety of media including drawings, prints, photography, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media. The subjects, styles and content are equally diverse, demonstrating wide ranging experimentation and a great deal of individuality.�

The art department takes the lead in organizing the annual high school art show.

"Knowing that the arts are important goes without saying; but making art important is up to us all, so this exhibition is one of many contributions USD makes to encourage the visual arts in education. As the designated center for the study of the visual arts within the South Dakota system of higher education, it is the honor of the department to promote and encourage the arts at every level. So each year, we take the month of March to say thank you to the students and teachers who make this show possible," said Cory Knedler, art department chair.

The exhibit is on display in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts at USD. The gallery is open to the public free of charge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. The show will culminate with a reception honoring participating student artists, their teachers, and their schools on April 2 in the Main Gallery between 3 and 5 p.m.

Participating schools from South Dakota are Beresford, Mitchell, Elk Point-Jefferson, Bon Homme, Vermillion, Sioux Falls O'Gorman, Tri-Valley, Rapid City Stevens, Aberdeen, Cheyenne Eagle Butte, Dakota Valley, Harrisburg, Chamberlain, Alcester/Hudson, Freeman, Sioux Falls Lincoln and Flandreau. Participating Iowa schools are Odebolt-Arthur, Sioux City North, Sibley-Ocheyeden and Newell-Fonda. Participating Nebraska schools are South Sioux City, Wayne and Winnebago.

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