The fifth annual High School Art Exhibit on the University of Wisconsin-Richland campus involves new people in key positions as well as opportunities to enjoy the arts. Located in the Wallace Student Center on the University of Wisconsin-Richland campus, the exhibit is scheduled to be open to the public March 31 – April 12. Guests will have the opportunity to view up to 50 works of some of the best student art from across southwest Wisconsin.
Mary Kay Olson, an art/art history teacher who is new to the Richland area, is coordinating the 2014 exhibit. Eddie Villanueva, new this year as art instructor at UW-Richland, will serve as judge for the show.
Recently recognized as an Emerging Artist, Villanueva earned a master of fine arts degree at UW-Madison and has exhibited his work regionally, nationally and internationally. His choices will be announced at a Celebration Event for students, their families and teachers as the exhibit closes on April 12. “Mr. Villanueva will describe criteria for awarding merit to students who demonstrate creative application of vision, knowledge, and skill,” Olson said. “All students whose work is in the exhibit are essentially winners,” she said, “because their teachers selected the best work of the 2013-2014 school year for this show.”
People are welcome to view the exhibit during usual hours for the Wallace Student Center, which are 8am – 6pm Monday through Thursday, and 8am – 3pm on Friday. UW-Richland is located at 1200 Highway 14 West in Richland Center. Because the exhibit will be on display during the weekend of UW-Richland Theatre’s spring production “Big River,” the Huck Finn musical, those attending one of the April 4, 5 or 6th performances will have the opportunity to view the visual art during intermissions. “Great literature, drama, music, dance, plus the visual arts on a beautiful spring day . . . What more could we wish for?” Olson said.
Over a dozen southwest Wisconsin high schools were invited to participate including Boscobel High School, Hillsboro High School, Kickapoo High School, Lancaster High School, Laurel High School, Richland Center High School, Riverdale High School, River Valley High School, Viroqua High School, Weston High School and Youth Initiative High School Viroqua.
Best of Show art works will be on display at the Red Door Gallery in downtown Richland Center, 148 W. Court Street from April 14 – 27; hours for the Red Door Gallery are 10am – 5pm Wednesdays – Fridays and 10am – 4pm on Saturdays. Later in the year, those works will advance to the Statewide Teen Art Mentor Program (STAMP) art exhibit, where, in past competitions, southwest Wisconsin high school artists have won top awards.
Sponsors of the exhibit are the Richland Area Arts Council, UW-Richland Art Department, and the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association. The project is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the National Endowment for the Arts.