Previously Enjoyed: Idaho High School Students Exhibit Art Made From Recycled Materials

Thursday, February 11 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – Some 150 students from more than 25 high schools around Idaho will have their art on display in the University of Idaho's Ridenbaugh Hall later this month.

The 19th Annual University of Idaho High School Art Exhibition will be held from Feb. 24 to March 5. The exhibition is sponsored every year by the College of Art and Architecture's Department of Art and Design, and coincides with the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival when thousands of high school students are on campus.

The theme of this year’s exhibition is “Previously Enjoyed.” Students have the opportunity to visually address the concepts of sustainability and to use recycled materials to create their original art pieces. The theme is chosen to stimulate high school student’s imaginations and to encourage creativity.

An awards reception will be held Friday, Feb. 26, from 4-6 p.m. in the gallery.

Mailers containing entry forms, a promotion poster and prepaid return mailing labels are sent to every Idaho high school each year. The mailers are then filled with student work and sent to the university. This eliminates much of the expense for participating schools, many of which are in rural areas and have limited budgets.

University of Idaho students are actively involved in the exhibition installation and publicity. A committee of jurors selects award winners, and more than $800 in gift certificates for art supplies are given to the winners to encourage future creativity.

The program benefits students beyond validating and honoring their work. 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. Most important is the effect the exhibition can have on individual students. The Annual High School Art Exhibition allows the university to extend beyond campus boundaries and positively affect the education of Idaho's youth. Sally Machlis, associate professor of Art and Art Education coordinates the exhibition.

The University of Idaho Ridenbaugh Hall Gallery 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 Ave and Campus drives. Admission is free. For additional information contact Sally Machlis at (208) 885-6976
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education 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 the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 130 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. The university is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For information, visit

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