COOS BAY, OR - An exhibit of nearly one hundred works of art from aspiring high school artists throughout Southwestern Oregon will be unveiled February 25 at the Coos Art Museum. The exhibit is part of Vision 2011, a high school art competition kicking off the same day at Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC). Participants will begin the day at 11 a.m. at the college with a luncheon prepared by Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI) and a tour including the campus art department, followed by cash and scholarship awards presented later that afternoon at the museum.
The museum will exhibit the artwork until April 2. Past exhibits have contained work from at least 14 high schools with students traveling from as far as Illinois Valley to compete in the competition.
The competition features four divisions of ninth through twelfth grade students from schools throughout the Southwestern Oregon region. Best of Show will receive a $250 cash purchase award and two-year tuition waiver scholarship to attend SWOCC. First Place in Show earns the winner a $100 cash purchase award and a two-year tuition waiver. Second Place in Show will receive a $75 cash purchase award and a two year tuition waiver. The Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation will retain the artwork of the top three prize winners for their Permanent Student Art Collection in exchange for the cash awards.
The remaining students are vying for four cash awards of $50 for first place, $40 for second place, $30 for third, and $20 for fourth in each grade division. Winners will be displayed on the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation website. The event is sponsored by the Coos Art Museum and the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation.
Many participants have attended SWOCC following graduation from high school. Students are given a tour of the art facilities during the competition. Southwestern’s Art Department provides two-dimensional art studio courses in Drawing and Painting, and three-dimensional courses in Ceramics, Sculpture, and Bronze Casting. Jewelry, stained glass, and basket weaving are offered through Community Education. The SWOCC Art Department is an exhilarating, inspiring place for students to develop and explore their creativity.
Students interested in participating in the contest should contact their high school art teacher or the Coos Art Museum at 541-267-3901.