The 35th annual High School Area Show features 109 works by 90 artists chosed from a field of 318 entries submitted by artists from 25 schools from Allegan, Berrien, Branch, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties.
For the fourth year, the exhibition partnered with 6th Congressional District to select a representative in the Congressional Art Competition. Cameron Hoogstraten of Otsego High School, won the honor for her work, Native American Dancer, a digital illustration (shown), which will hang in the U.S. Capitol for a year. Ms. Hoogstraten will also receive round trip airfare for two to Washington, D.C. to see her work on view.
A number of students won more than one honor, and all of the work is on view through June 4 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Each exhibiting artists was awarded a family membership to the KIA through the end of the summer. The exhibition sponsor is AVB.
Awards and scholarships valued at more than $600,000 were given out at the exhibition preview opening reception on April 27, including scholarships to the Cleveland Institute of Art; Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design; Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan; Kendall School of Art and Design, Ferris State University; Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University; and the Kirk Newman Art School at the KIA. Representatives from each school presented the scholarships.