LIMA — The Kewpee High School Art Invitational is in its 30th year at ArtSpace/Lima. The opening reception will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today with awards presented at 7:15 p.m. The exhibit continues through April 7.
The show is a longstanding tradition for Lima-area schools.
“We have Harry Shutt to thank for it. The director that was 30 years ago, Ellen Nelson, worked with Harry to get it started, and the rest is history. He has been so faithful and so loyal and so good to us,” said Bill Sullivan, operations manager at ArtSpace/Lima.
The art invitational is something that high schoolers strive to be a part of, and it’s not easy to be accepted.
“We have 22 schools entered, which is about par for the course, from which there were 290 students who submitted 395 works. One hundred and one works were accepted, so that’s one in four. There were 88 students accepted,” said Sullivan. “This show is really good for small schools. They get a level playing field with some of the bigger schools and several teachers from various little schools in the area have said to me ‘I can’t tell you how much this means to our students to be part of this show.’ So it’s good for them, good for everybody concerned and good for the community.”
During the reception, there will be Kewpee cheeseburger sliders and Februcherry pie.
“It seems to be perfectly appropriate. It’s the Kewpee show after all,” said Sullivan.
There are two judges who whittle the submissions down to what appears in the show.
“This year it was Laura Corle, who teaches at the University of Findlay and Anita Lehman, who has been a teacher all of her life. Both are practicing artists with a lot of experience with kids,” said Sullivan.
The exhibit will feature cash awards in nine categories, sculpture, ceramics, photography, painting, digital media, printmaking, mixed media, jewelry and drawing.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.