LIMA — If you are lucky enough to get your art exhibited at the 25th Annual Kewpee High School Art Invitational, consider yourself fortunate.
This year, 20 area schools submitted 378 works from 261 students. From those numbers, 132 pieces representing 110 students were accepted to exhibit.
“That’s huge. But, this is a juried show, and that’s what’s supposed to happen,” said Bill Sullivan, operations manager of ArtSpace/Lima. “You know, the high school art teachers bring us the best of their best, and our jurors judge the best from that so this really is the best of the best,” Sullivan said.
And looking at the large exhibit, Sullivan said the works really are amazing.
“These students do marvelous things. Some of the pieces are classroom assignment-based projects, but it’s very clear the individual students injected their own talents into it and made something new of it,” Sullivan added.
Student work is in nine categories, including sculpture, photography, ceramics, painting, digital media, mixed media, printmaking, jewelry and drawing. Judging for the exhibit was by jurors Mary Lou Schepp and Bruce Grimes.
“Both of these jurors have deep roots at ArtSpace,” Sullivan said. “This show is a good deal of work. We don’t like to repeat jurors, but we want someone with experience with high school artists. We also want someone not currently teaching so there is no conflict of interest,” Sullivan said.
And this is an important show, not only because it’s the quarter century of the Kewpee-sponsored show.
“This is a professional show, and it’s a big deal for these artists as well as for those coming to view the exhibit,” Sullivan said. “The works in this show, are everything.”