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Scholarships Among the Prizes being Awarded at the Connecticut Scholastic Art Exhibition


Posted 01/26/2012
Posted by David Isgur

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Cathy Malloy, chief executive officer of the Greater Hartford Arts Council and wife of Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, will talk about the value of art in society to the hundreds of high school student artists who will be at the annual Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards and Exhibition ceremony, being held on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. in the University of Hartford’s Lincoln Theater.

Many of those attending will be hoping to hear their names called as one of the dozen of highly talented Connecticut high school artists who will be offered scholarships to the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School as prize winners. Overall, about 40 Connecticut high school students will be named “Gold Key” winners at the ceremony and will have their work on display in Silpe Gallery, located in the Hartford Art School building on the University of Hartford campus.

More than 1,000 people, including family, friends and art teachers of the students are expected to attend the Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards and Exhibition ceremony, which the University of Hartford and its Hartford Art School has hosted for several years. The awards ceremony will feature welcoming remarks by Hartford Art School Dean Nancy Stuart.

The Scholastic Art Awards and Exhibition is an annual event where high school and middle school students from around the state are able to enter their artwork and portfolios in order to compete for a Portfolio Scholarship to the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School and a number of other prizes from other art institutions, colleges and universities. The scholarships range from $8,000 to $20,000 annually and renew for four years. In total, the University of Hartford makes a commitment of more than $1.5 million over a four-year period to the winners.

Several thousand pieces of artwork are submitted by Connecticut high school and middle school students for judging. The jury process takes two to three days and will narrow down the submissions to several hundred. The judges consist of more than 40 practicing artists.

The exhibition will run from Sunday, Jan. 15, to Friday. Feb. 3, and the Silpe Gallery’s hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

For more information on the Hartford Art School and Silpe Gallery, please visit www.hartfordartschool.org or call 860.768.4393.