CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 26, 2015 – The “Exhibiting Excellence: 37th Annual High School Art Exhibition” will be displayed beginning Feb. 8 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
The public is invited to an opening reception from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 8. The exhibit will be on display until March 8. Admission is free.
The artistic talents of junior and senior high school students from southern Illinois and southeast Missouri will be on display.
An awards ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. Awards in sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, mixed media, photography, fibers, drawing, painting, the Art Academy Award and Best of Show will be presented. The Art Academy Award will be given to a junior for outstanding work; this junior will receive a scholarship to attend one of the University’s summer Art Academy workshops. The Best of Show recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Southeast as an art major.
This year’s juror will be Dr. Karen Cummings, assistant professor of art education and coordinator of art education at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Her primary responsibilities include the teaching of art education courses and the supervision of pre-service art educators during their student teaching practicum. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Art and Art History and the Division of Teaching and Learning at University of Missouri–St. Louis.
Cummings received her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 2007. In 2009, she co-founded the First Five, a mentoring program for beginning art educators, in the St. Louis region with her colleague Dr. Louis Lankford. In 2010, Cummings expanded the program throughout Missouri. She currently facilitates the First Five in the St. Louis region and at the state level. In 2011, Cummings developed and currently directs UrbanARTsVOICE, a mentoring program for urban adolescents assigned to the Family Courts of St. Louis County. The program provides opportunities for adolescents to explore issues of identity through the visual arts and to express the perspective of contemporary teenagers.
Cummings' research on adolescent identity, teacher identity and mentoring has been presented at numerous national and international conferences, and appeared in several journal articles and book chapters. Her current research focuses on teacher motivation strategies utilized in urban secondary classrooms. In 2011, Cummings received the Missouri Art Education Association Higher Ed Art Educator of the Year Award and was awarded the 2012 National Art Education Association Western Region Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award.
The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 1-4 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.