The Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation and Coos Art Museum continue their partnership this year to host Vision 2009, a high school art competition. The event kicks off this Friday with a gathering at the college and will be followed by an exhibit at the Coos Art Museum.
The Foundation is pleased to be a partner in this event and provide this educational opportunity to future Southwestern students.”
The Coos Art Museum will exhibit the artwork created by more than 100 students representing high schools throughout the South Coast. The exhibit is scheduled to run from April 24 through May 23 at 235 Anderson Ave. in Coos Bay.
Friday’s Open House at Southwestern is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All participating students will be treated to lunch at Oregon Coast Culinary Institute by the Foundation, followed by campus tours and presentations.
Students will have opportunities to learn more about Southwestern’s Art and Music departments, as well as OCCI and the Recreation Center. The participants also will enjoy a private tour of the Vision 2009 Exhibition and award ceremonies at the Coos Art Museum. An opening reception and awards for students will cap the day’s activities, scheduled from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
“The Foundation is pleased to be a partner in this event and provide this educational opportunity to future Southwestern students,” Foundation Executive Director Marie Simonds said. “We are thrilled to once again give our area’s young talented artists a taste of the Southwestern experience.”
The event features students from throughout the College District, as well as some from other regional 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.