Three scholarships open to young artists

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 11, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Teenage artists are invited to submit their works for a portfolio review, juried exhibit and scholarship competition by Thursday, April 30.

Faculty from Bloomsburg University’s Department of Art and Art History will review visual art portfolios submitted by high school juniors and seniors on Saturday, May 2. The reviews will be used to award three scholarships to students majoring in art studio at BU and to select participants for an exhibit in BU’s Haas Gallery of Art.

According to Jason Godeke, associate professor of art and art history, only incoming BU art students are eligible for the scholarships of $1,500, $1,000 and $500, but the portfolio review is open to any high school junior or senior.

“The portfolio review is a great experience for a young artist, and the exhibit in the Haas Art Gallery will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the fine work students and high school art teachers are doing in this region,” he said.

The scholarship recipients and five additional honorable mention candidates will receive $50 gift certificates for BU’s University Store.

The portfolio review and tuition scholarship program is possible thanks to the support of local resident Drue Magee, who was inspired by First Columbia Bank’s Teen Star Competition, and others.

“Drue was impressed by the talented high school vocalists and musicians who perform in the annual Teen Star Competition,” said James Brown, dean of BU’s College of Liberal Arts. “The concept behind these scholarships is to recognize talented young people who excel in the visual arts.”

The exhibit will run from Wednesday, May 13, to Monday, June 15, in BU’s Haas Gallery of Art. A reception and awards ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will also be on display during July and August in the Stairwell Gallery at The Antler in downtown Bloomsburg.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.