April 30, 2007

Two SIUC students among art competition finalists

by Andrea Hahn


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CARBONDALE, Ill. — Two Southern Illinois University Carbondale students are among the 51 finalists selected to exhibit their artwork in Illinois' 2007 Annual Collegiate Artists Competition.

Esteban del Valle of Chicago will exhibit a 7-inch by 7-inch drawing entitled "Self-Reflection 13." Julia Rogers of Dublin, Ohio, is a finalist with her ceramic, entitled "Sherrie." Both students are seniors majoring in art through the College of Liberal Arts at SIUC.

Finalists will exhibit their work from May 4 through June 21 at the Oakton Community College's Koehnline Museum of Art, located at 1600 E. Golf Road in Des Plaines.

An awards ceremony and reception is set for 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the museum. Finalists are competing for awards in various artistic categories. In addition, entries were classified according to size, with separate groupings for two-year and four-year college programs. The top winners from each of those four judging categories will receive a $1,000 purchase award.

Art juror David Russick, the gallery director and curator at the Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, chose the finalists from among 719 entries submitted by 279 student-artists.

The competition is in its fourth year. The Office of the Governor, Illinois Board of Higher Education and the state's colleges and universities sponsor the event. There were no entry fees, but student-artists must carry at least six credit hours in a college or university. The competition is open to all qualifying students, regardless of declared major.


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