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University’s high school art show recognizes local talent

Published: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 9:55 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 9:56 a.m. CST
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Aurora University’s annual high school art show will run through Jan. 25, with an artist’s awards ceremony and opening reception Jan. 24.

AURORA – The Schingoethe Art Gallery at Aurora University opened its annual high school art show Jan. 7. The art show will run through Jan. 25, with an awards ceremony and opening reception at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24.

The art show highlights the work of 45 students at Aurora Christian High School, and includes drawings and photography chosen by the high school’s art instructor Grahame Wilkin, Aurora University’s professor of arts and theater Steve Lowery, and assistant professor of art and theater Libby Escobedo.

In a news release, the director of the Schingoethe Center, Meg Bero, said:  “Early in the history of the art gallery, we wanted to create a space that would serve as a community gallery as well as a place that brings in cutting-edge artists. The art show is one of many ways that AU supports the arts in the Fox Valley. We give high school students a unique opportunity to exhibit in a professional gallery, and the show strengthens the university’s connections to our local secondary schools.”

The art show also gives local students the opportunity to earn scholarships that can be applied to full-time enrollment at Aurora University. Each entry is judged by Bero and a panel of AU art faculty. Prizes are awarded for excellence in technique and creativity.

The winner of Best in Show will receive a $1,500 scholarship, which will be renewable over four years at the university.

Additional scholarship will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place entries.

Attendees can view the collection from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday,  and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 630-844-7843 or email museum@aurora.edu.

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