20th Annual University of Idaho High School Art Exhibition Takes Place Feb. 23 – March 4

Wednesday, February 23 2011

MOSCOW, Idaho – Coinciding with the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the 20th annual University of Idaho High School Art Exhibition will take place Feb. 23 - March 4.

In a time when schools are increasingly dealing with issues of bullying and non-acceptance, it is important to celebrate student individuality. The theme, "Live Out Loud," was chosen to stimulate high school student’s imaginations and to encourage creativity.

The theme is reflected in the works of famed French writer Emile Zola: “If you ask me what I came to do in the world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud."

Approximately 150 students from more than 20 high schools around the state participate each year. Thousands of high school age students will be on campus at this time for the jazz festival. The exhibition is sponsored by the College of Art and Architecture's Department of Art and Design and will take place in Ridenbaugh Hall on the University of Idaho campus.

An awards reception will be held in the Ridenbaugh Hall gallery Friday, Feb. 25, from 4-6 p.m. A committee of University of Idaho art students will serve as judges. More than $800 in gift certificates for art supplies will be given out to the winners.

The Annual High School Art Exhibition allows the university to extend beyond campus boundaries and positively affect the education of Idaho’s youth. It increases interaction between high school art teachers and the University of Idaho, and develops awareness on the part of many Idaho communities of the talents of their high school artists and teachers. Not to mention the effect the exhibition can have on individual students.

Sally Machlis, professor of Art and Art Education and the chair of the Department of Art and Design, is coordinating the event.
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity. The student population of 12,000 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu.

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.