The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College Esther Allen Greer Museum invited young artists to display their work on campus with the 6th Annual High School Juried Exhibition. The display is now open to the public and includes a wide variety of art created by students and teachers from area high schools. Jim Allen, professor of art and the museum’s director, said he is excited to see young artists and their teachers come together for the event.
“We love to share knowledge and exchange our thoughts with visiting artists. I believe this is a great opportunity for these talented high school students to display their work and get feedback from a larger group than just their classmates and teachers,” Allen said. “During the reception and awards ceremony, these students will get their first taste of seeing their work in an exhibition at a college gallery. Art is part of the fabric of higher education. I think it is so important for us to share that same experience with these high school students and keep them interested and excited about the arts.”
The annual exhibit began as a way to give high school students a chance to take part in an art exhibition, as well as see Rio’s campus and learn more about the School of Arts and Letters by meeting faculty and students. The event also gives students in Allen’s Art Exhibitions class an extra chance to practice preparing an art gallery to host an exhibition. In the class, students learn the inner-workings of running an exhibition from promoting the event to using measurements and mathematics to set up the different displays. Allen said he has enjoyed watching the event grow to include more students and faculty from across Southeastern Ohio.
“As an educational institution, we have a responsibility to serve our community. The Esther Allen Greer Museum does just that by providing a venue to experience art including work by our students, guest artists, and our community’s youth,” Allen said. “We are also very fortunate and grateful to have the permanent exhibit from the Brooks Jones Estate, which includes work from several internationally-famed artists, which we can share with the community.”
The exhibit is open at the Greer Museum to the public 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays until February 22, with an artist’s reception and awards ceremony Thursday, February 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone interested in more information about either the high school exhibition or the Greer Museum contact 740-245-7254 or 740-245-7364.