Portfolio review and juried exhibit underway

For Immediate Release:  March 3, 2014

BLOOMSBURG — Faculty from the art and art history department at Bloomsburg University will review visual art portfolios from high school juniors and seniors on Saturday, May 3, to select participants for an exhibit in BU’s Haas Gallery, the location chosen after a fire occurred at the Moose Exchange in downtown Bloomsburg.

Three students will also be selected for tuition scholarship awards.

According to Jason Godeke, associate professor of art and art history, students planning to major in art studio at BU are eligible for the awards of $1,500, $1,000 and $500. The tuition scholarships are specific to those students, but the portfolio review is open to any high school junior or senior who enjoys making art.

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

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

This portfolio review and tuition scholarship program is possible thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, who was inspired by First Columbia Bank’s Teen Star Competition.

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

The juried exhibition will run from May 14 to 31 in BU’s Haas Gallery. A reception and awards ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Students interested in participating in the BU art department portfolio review, juried show and scholarship competition should pre-register by Wednesday, April 30. To learn more about the scholarship program and application guidelines, contact Godeke at jgodeke@bloomu.edu or 570-389-4187.

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.