KIA HS Area Congressional Art Competition offers opportunity

Courtesy of Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
KIA High School Area Show and Congressional Art Competition entries are due by March 11.  The contest will showcase pieces from high school students in nine counties. Courtesy of Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Applications for the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) High School Area Show and Congressional Art Competition are due March 9 through 11.

The annual exhibition selects one hundred entries from artists in high school, age eighteen and younger. Schools in Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties are welcome to represent and showcase their art from this year.

The Juror for this year’s show is Ginger Owen, Professor of Art at Western Michigan University’s Gwen Frostic School of Art. Out of all the entries she will choose the one hundred that have the opportunity to be given awards and honorable mentions at the competition, along with cash prizes and scholarships to Cleveland Institute of Art, Kendall College of Art and Design and Western Michigan University Gwen Frostic School of Art.[pullquote]

“You really have to put your art out there and put yourself on the line,” Randy Walbridge said.


Student art in main hallway for others to enjoy. Photo credit goes to Stosh Tustin.

Gull Lake High School art teacher, Randy Walbridge, has the applications to enter the juried exhibition.

According to Walbridge, the area show is a great opportunity to get a feel for putting art out there in a public showcase and have a juror place judgement on it.

“The jurors are not always right, that’s one of the first things you learn. But you have to try, to get into an art show you have to try,” Walbridge said. “If your artwork is rejected, just enter another one.”


Lexi Warren

My name is Lexi Warren, I'm a senior this year. This is my third year on the Reflection staff. I play varsity girls tennis for Gull Lake High School. I work at Gull Meadow Farms in for the fall season and up until Christmas. I have two older sisters and an older brother. This year I'm taking college classes and a Teacher Academy Education for Employment (EFE).

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