BU sponsors visual art portfolio review

For Immediate Release:  April 13, 2016

BLOOMSBURG — The Department of Art and Art History at Bloomsburg University will review visual art portfolios from high school juniors and seniors on Saturday, April 30, and Monday, May 2. The portfolio reviews will be used to select participants for an exhibit in BU’s Haas Gallery, and three students will be selected for cash or tuition scholarship awards. This portfolio review and awards program is possible thanks to the generosity of Drue Magee, who was inspired by First Columbia Bank’s Teen Star Competition.

According to Jason Godeke, professor of art and art history, high school juniors and seniors are eligible for the awards, with first prize offering the option of $1,300 cash or $1,500 tuition to Bloomsburg University; second prize, $800 cash or $1,000 tuition to BU; and third prize, $400 cash or $500 tuition to BU. While only juniors or seniors are eligible for the awards, any high school student who enjoys making art may participate in the portfolio review.

“The portfolio review is a great experience for a young artist,” Godeke said, “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.”

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

The juried exhibition will run from May 11 to June 10 in BU’s Haas Gallery. A reception and awards ceremony is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, May 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will also be featured in the Stairwell Gallery in The Exchange, 24 E. Main St., Bloomsburg.

Students interested in participating in the BU art department portfolio review, juried show and scholarship competition should pre-register by Friday, April 29. 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.