Abraham Gallery to host annual Scholastic Art Exhibition

January 19, 2012

PLAINVIEW — Plainview-area residents have an opportunity to see some of the finest student artwork in West Texas as Wayland Baptist University’s Abraham Gallery hosts the annual West Texas Scholastic Art Exhibition. The show opens Monday and will run through Feb. 11 with gallery hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday; and 2-5 p.m. on Saturday. According to curator Dr. Candace Keller, the gallery also is available for out-of-town school groups by appointment. For more information, call 806-291-3710.

Keller explained that the West Texas exhibition is one of many that are held across the country. The local show represents 18 counties, as well as at-large and home school students across the region.

Keller said originally there were more than 1,000 entries in the juried show, and that was reduced to around 500. Of those, she continued, approximately 175 were chosen to receive Gold Key awards. Those will move on to New York for the national competition.

Keller said this year’s submissions were excellent and should provide local residents an opportunity to view an exceptional show.

“The West Texas Regional Scholastic Art Exhibition is always a great opportunity to view the exceptional talents and original concepts of young artists across the South Plains. The 2012 exhibition is a visual feast, a collection of artworks reflecting the interests, concerns and passions of young artists. The creativity and technical skill applied in media across the categories is excellent, and the works from our region will be highly competitive in the national adjudication,” she said.

Keller went on to thank the teachers from across the region for encouraging their students to participate, as well as fellow Wayland art faculty member Mark Hilliard, who serves as the co-chair for the exhibit, and Abraham Gallery staff members Dorothy Hilliard and Bula McGowan.

The judges for the competition were Joe Garnett, Trey Shirley and Steve Wood.