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Vision 2008 art competition opens Friday

The Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation and Coos Art Museum again are partnering to host Vision 2008 high school art competition, which features awards, a campus visit for participants and an opening community reception on March 7.

The exhibit, which features art work created by more than 150 students representing 10 high schools, is scheduled to run from March 7 through April 12 at Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave., in Coos Bay. The event kicks off with an Open House at Southwestern for participants from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 7. All participating students will be treated to lunch at Oregon Coast Culinary Institute, followed by campus tours and presentations.

Students also will have opportunities to learn more about Southwestern’s Art, Music and Theater departments, as well as OCCI. The participants also will enjoy a private tour of the Vision 2008 Exhibition – on display upstairs in the Mabel Hansen Gallery and the Uno E. Richter Atrium – with Coos Art Museum Director Steven Broocks from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Awards, presented by Southwestern President Dr. Judith Hansen, will follow. An opening reception for the community caps the day’s activities, scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Coos Art Museum.

“We’re looking forward to having all these talented high school students here to see our beautiful campus,” Interim Foundation Director Marie Simonds said. “The Foundation is happy to once again partner with Coos Art Museum to provide a wonderful experience for all these budding artists.”

The event features students from throughout the College District, as well as some from other regional high schools. Participants will be representing Bandon, Brookings-Harbor, Coquille, Gold Beach, Illinois Valley, Marshfield, Myrtle Point, North Bend, Pacific and Yoncalla high schools. The Best of Show winner among those students will receive a $250 cash purchase award and two-year tuition waiver scholarship to attend Southwestern. First- and second-place winners each will receive $100 and $75 cash purchase awards, respectively, along with two-year tuition waivers. The Southwestern Foundation will retain the work of those prize winners for the Southwestern Foundation Permanent Student Art Collection. Four additional cash prizes of $50 for first place, $40 for second place, $30 for third and $20 for fourth also will be awarded to winners in each grade level.

“We are very happy to be working with the College and it’s a partnership we hope to keep pursuing for some time,” said Coos Art Museum Director Steven Broocks.

Published Apr 29, 2009

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