2007 Scholastic Art Awards Judging Set for Jan. 13

RIT hosts the competition for the eighth consecutive year

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Robert Redford, Andy Warhol and Truman Capote were Scholastic Art Award winners.

Now it’s time for a panel of judges to decide the up and coming artists of our area as they sift through nearly 2,000 works of art created by local middle- and high-school students.

For the eighth consecutive year, the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology plays host to the 2007 Rochester-Finger Lakes Scholastic Art Awards and Exhibition. Judging—from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13—will take place in Bevier Gallery, James E. Booth Building, located on RIT’s Henrietta campus.

Nearly three dozen judges from RIT and the local art community will examine the entries and chose the “best of the best” from 16 different categories including drawing, painting, sculpting, ceramics, photography, textiles, printmaking, computer graphics and mixed media.

The Scholastic Arts program, sponsored by Senator Jim Alesi, demonstrates student achievement through participation in the arts. Eligible students come from approximately 200 schools in the 10-county Rochester-Finger Lakes region, including Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.

Winning artists will be announced during an awards ceremony at RIT on Sunday, Feb. 4, at RIT’s Gordon Field House and Activities Center. Selected entries will be on view at RIT’s Bevier Gallery Feb. 4-20. For more information, call Debbie Kingsbury at (585) 475-5154.

MEDIA NOTE: Coverage of the judging at RIT on Saturday, Jan. 13— including interviews with jurors and program coordinators—is welcome. Parking is available in Lot E.