Idaho high school students exhibit futuristic artwork at Ridenbaugh Hall Gallery

Wednesday, February 18 2009

Feb. 18, 2009 MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Ridenbaugh Galleries will be hosting the Eighteenth Annual High School Art Exhibition Feb. 23 - March 6. An awards reception will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27 in the Ridenbaugh Gallery. Sponsored by the Department of Art and Design, the theme of this year’s exhibition is “Technoscapes.” This theme provides students with the opportunity to combine technology and futuristic design in their artwork. Approximately 150 students from 25 high schools around the state participate each year. Students from every Idaho high school are invited. Students wanting to enter simply sent their art in pre-paid mailers sent from the University of Idaho. This eliminates much of the expense for participating schools many of which are in rural areas and have limited budgets. University of Idaho Art and Design students are actively involved in the exhibition installation and publicity. A committee of jurors selects award winners and over $600 in gift certificates for art supplies is given to the winners. The program benefits students beyond validating and honoring their work. It increases interaction between high school art teachers and the University of Idaho. It also develops awareness of local talent throughout Idaho communities. The Annual High School Art Exhibition allows the university to extend beyond campus boundaries and affect the education of Idaho's youth. The University of Idaho Ridenbaugh Galleries is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is located on the University of Idaho campus at the corner of Blake Avenue and Campus Drive.  Admission is free and open to the public. For additional information please contact Sally Machlis at 885-6976
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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