This archived article was written by: Noel Carmack
Some of the best high school artists in the state have their work exhibited at USU Eastern’s Ninth Annual Statewide Art Competition in Gallery East located on the northwest corner of the SAC Building. The exhibit runs from Jan. 14 through Feb. 7.
Over 250 entries were received from throughout Utah for jury into to the competition. In addition to entries from Carbon and Emery high schools, many paintings, drawings, watercolors, ceramics, and photographs were submitted from northern and southern Utah high schools.
Participating high schools include Logan, Ben Lomond, Weber, Taylorsville, Copper Hills, Pleasant Grove, Juab, and Wayne high schools. “It’s really incredible to see how much creative talent is being fostered in this state,” says gallery director Noel Carmack. “Every year, I am impressed by the depth of skill these young students have.”
This year, USU Eastern staff members Megan Woods (BA, Art History, Colorado State Univ.) and Lyndsay Reid (BFA, Illustration, Southern Utah University), were invited to assist in jurying/judging the competition.
All high school age (14-18 years old) students were eligible to participate, including public high school students, home-schooled students and students attending private schools. “This was, perhaps, the largest number of submissions I’ve yet seen,” Carmack said. “I hope our visitors take the opportunity to see how talented these young people are.”
A closing reception and awards ceremony will be on Friday, Feb. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. Participating students and parents are invited to attend. The public is welcome. Gallery East is open Monday through Thursdays and is free to attend.
If you have any questions, contact Carmack at 435-613-5241 or email him at [email protected].