MUNSTER | South Shore Arts celebrates the 39th anniversary of its juried Tri-County Junior/Senior High School Art Exhibition, running Sunday through May 26 in the gallery at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road.
A reception and awards ceremony will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. May 5, with awards presented promptly at 1:30.
More than $5,000 in prizes will be awarded, including the $2,500 Donald H. Berwanger Scholarship Award for a graduating high school senior to attend an accredited college or university to study fine art.
Public and parochial schools from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties in Indiana and south suburban Cook County in Illinois are invited to submit original artwork created by students in grades 6 to 12.
Teachers submit a list of student work to be entered in the exhibit. The teachers are then invited to install their students' artwork in the gallery. Seniors competing for the Berwanger Scholarship must submit an application, portfolio, and letter of recommendation.
The exhibition features a variety of media.
The juror for this year’s exhibition is Wiley Dummich, who began his study of art at 13. A U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of Purdue University, Dummich went on to design and build the Dyna-Soar hang glider in the 1970s. In the last several years, he began painting and showing his artwork.
Dummich will choose the recipients of Best in Show, Awards of Distinction, First in Media, and Honorable Mention for the participating junior high students. High school students will be awarded the Lori Spuehler/Lymperios D. Trikolas III Memorial Award, Donald H. Berwanger Award of Excellence, Best of Show 2-D and 3-D, Awards of Distinction, Outstanding Awards and Honorable Mentions.
The lead sponsor for the seventh year is Indiana University Northwest.
Participating junior high schools are: Chesterton Middle School; Col. John Wheeler Middle School, Crown Point; Grimmer Middle School, Schererville; Memorial Jr. High, Lansing, Ill.; Our Lady Of Grace, Highland; Taft Middle School, Crown Point; Trinity Lutheran School, Crown Point; Wilbur Wright Middle School, Munster; and Wirt/Emerson Visual & Performing Arts Academy, Gary.
Senior high school exhibitors are: Andrean High School, Merrillville; Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond; Bloom Trail High School, Chicago Heights, Ill.; Crown Point High School; George Rogers Clark High School, Hammond; East Chicago Central High School; Griffith High School; Hammond High School; Hebron High School; Highland High School; Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Homewood, Ill.; Kouts High School; Lake Central High School, St. John; Morton Senior High School, Hammond; Merrillville High School; Munster High School; Portage High School; T.F. North High School, Calumet City, Ill.; T.F. South High School, Lansing, Ill.; and Wirt/Emerson Visual & Performing Arts Academy, Gary.
For more information, call (219) 836-1839, ext. 108 or visit www.southshoreartsonline.org.