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Second Annual Regional High School Student Art Exhibition Recognizes Talented Students

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The second annual The University of Olivet Regional High School Student Art Exhibition drew more than 120 2D, 3D and graphic design submissions. Juniors and seniors across the state entered their work to compete for talent scholarships up to $3,000. The event culminated in an artists’ reception and awards ceremony on Friday, Dec. 7 where 12 students were awarded scholarships.

Instructor of art and art history Don VanAuken is proud to help these students recognize their potential to succeed as visual art students at Olivet. “It has been a pleasure to work with these students and to see their amazing work and also to play a role in their college selection by sharing what The University of Olivet has to offer,” he said. “I was very impressed by the caliber of submissions we received and can’t wait for these students to join us on campus. The individualized attention present at OC is very beneficial to artists. As professors, we are able to learn each student’s strengths, weaknesses and goals, and customize an approach to teaching them. Pairing that kind of structure with an affordable education helps graduates enter the job market with confidence — and less debt.”

Scholarship Recipients

Zachary Baker, Potterville

Paige Tuller, Maple Valley

Ashley Metheny, Mason County Central

Mitchell VanNote, Potterville

Bessie Smith, Springport High

Megan Walker, Maple Valley

Ambeiel Stevens, Kalamazoo Central

Shaina VanDyke, Eaton Rapids

Madison Good, Potterville

Madisyn O’Dell, Springport

Sharmane Flanders, Kalamazoo Central

Ashley Curtis, Maple Valley

In addition, there are still many scholarships available to students for the 2019 spring and fall semesters. Contact the Office of Admissions at 800.456.7189 or admissions@uolivet.edu to learn more about the visual arts program at OC.

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