SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

March 7, 2013

A big evening for student art

MFA curator to judge High School Art Competition 2013; reception rescheduled

By Will Broaddus
Staff writer

---- — BEVERLY — Sixty high school students from the North Shore, whose art has been on exhibit at Endicott College since Feb. 14, will be judged in High School Art Competition 2013 by Al Miner, a curator from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

“We’re turning it into an annual event,” said Kathleen Moore, coordinator of visual arts at Endicott. “This is exciting for us.”

A reception for the competition has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 14, in the Manninen Center for the Arts from 5 to 7, with the awards ceremony taking place at 6.

Faculty members from participating high schools were asked to submit one work each from three students, Moore said.

A twist was added to the competition this year, the second time it’s been held, requiring submissions to include work in three different mediums.

“This has made the show a lot more vibrant,” Moore said. “There’s sculpture, ceramics, wire, etchings, drawings, a wide variety.”

By displaying student work in a juried exhibit, the competition is an attempt to encourage young artists at a time when high school arts budgets are suffering cuts.

The show also signals Endicott’s belief that arts play an important part in the academic curriculum, where the emphasis is on science, technology, engineering and math, Moore said.

In addition to choosing first-, second- and third-place entries, Miner will also select awards for excellence in each medium.

Mark Towner, dean of Endicott’s school of visual and performing arts, will also choose winners of a Dean’s Choice Award, as well as six honorable mentions.

The student works will be on exhibit until April 12.