Who gets the $1000? You decide!

The best student art of the year is on display right now in the Morris University Center gallery. How do we know it’s the best? There’s money on the line!

“The Office of Student Affairs, to commemorate the 50 years that SIUE has been around, came up with an art show to run five consecutive years, starting in 2007. This is the fourth year,” said John Denhouter, Art and Design department chair. “Every year the show runs there are 10 purchases of works, each one for $1000. Nine are chosen by a juror who comes in but one is chosen by the students.”

This year’s juror is Tim Waldrop, an MFA alum who teaches art at Western Illinois University. He judged from more than 200 entries.

The 10 winners will be announced, and paid for the purchase of their work, at a closing reception on March 31st.

After that the art will be displayed in the Student Success Center, along with purchases from the last three years, and eventually with art from next years — the last year of the show. All together there will be 50 student pieces added to the SIUE collection.

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