UW-WC's Student Art Contest Largest Ever

Over 30 schools to display art at Festival
By UW-Washington County

Thirty-one area middle and high schools will be participating in UW-Washington County’s annual student art contest this year (up from 28 in 2013). Participating for the first time are: Campbellsport Middle School; Homestead High School, Mequon; Menomonee Falls High School; North Middle School, Menomonee Falls; and Port Washington High School.  Art teachers from the participating schools will be dropping off over 500 colorful pieces of student artwork next week, as UW-WC staff and volunteers begin decorating the campus walls and bookshelves, so that the artwork can be displayed and judged.  

Each school can submit up to 15 pieces of art, with teachers typically selecting the best examples of various classroom projects.  Judging and selecting the best entries from these top creative entries is no easy task. This year’s high school judges include: Anna Moisiadis, an art lecturer at UW-WC and artist, and Graeme Reid, Director of Collections/Exhibitions at Wisconsin Museum of Art. At the middle school level, judges include Lynn Molenda, an art educator and coordinator of Wisconsin’s Student Centered Learning in the Arts action research group, and Shawn Graff, Washington County Campus Foundation board member who also serves as the Executive Director of the West Bend Friends of Sculpture. Recognition will be given to top middle and high school students for the best artwork in each of four media categories for middle school and five media categories for high school.

All of the artwork will be on display at the Festival of Arts on Saturday, April 5 from 10am to 4pm.

The artwork will be displayed by location (a change from prior years). The 14 municipalities represented include Campbellsport, Cedarburg, Grafton,  Hartford, Jackson, Kewaskum, Lomira, Mayville, Menomonee Falls, Mequon, Port Washington, Random Lake, Slinger and West Bend. 

Student awards will be presented by the campus dean, Paul Price and Washington County Campus Foundation Director, Iva Thelen during a ceremony that begins at noon in the campus theatre during the Festival. The ceremony will include a slideshow of winning student entries.  In addition to certificates and ribbons and a small gift from the campus, other awards have been added this year for the top winners.  The Museum of Wisconsin Art will present the top middle and high school winner with a family plus membership to the MOWA. Schauer Art and Activities Center will present a free art class to the top high school winner and Milwaukee Art Museum will present a free art class to the top middle school winner.

In addition to the student artwork, the popular festival features a juried art sale with over 55 artists, musical presentations, a farmers market, a photography display, art and garden seminars and a new art make and take it. The children’s art projects are 45 to 75 minutes in length and are sponsored by the Schauer Art and Activities Center in Hartford.  Class size is limited to 25 students per session. 

Updates and photos are also available on the campus Facebook page, Twitter(@UW_WC #festivalofarts) and Pinterest.
All available artist and farmers market spaces are reserved.
For more information, contact Sue Bausch, Director of Marketing & Communications at 262-335-5233 or by email at sue.bausch@uwc.edu.           


Sue Bausch