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High school exhibition opening

High school exhibit poster“Eastern Oregon Regional High School Exhibition” supports artists, recognizes teachers

Contact: Cory Peeke, Nightingale Gallery Director, 541-962-3584

LA GRANDE, Ore. February 20, 2017 – Awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 during the opening reception for the “Eastern Oregon Regional High School Exhibition” in Nightingale Gallery at Eastern Oregon University. 

Students in grades nine through 12 working in a variety of media will have up to two works on view for the annual exhibit. The reception runs from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery in Loso Hall. 

“The ‘Eastern Oregon Regional High School Exhibition’ gives audiences the opportunity to engage with the work of students from high schools throughout the region,” said Cory Peeke, Nightingale Gallery director. 

High schools with students scheduled to participate include La Grande, Baker City, Burns, Burnt River, Cove, Crane Union, Echo, Enterprise, Grant Union, Joseph, North Powder, Pendleton, Prairie City, Vale and Union.  

“The Nightingale Gallery is pleased to exhibit and encourage the creative endeavors of our region’s youth,” Peeke added. “We hope to support and inspire these students to continue their artistic pursuits, as well as recognize their teachers who work conscientiously and with often inadequate resources to produce such promising young artists.”

Faculty in EOU’s art program are jurying the exhibition and are awarding a number of honors. Award certificates, gift cards and sketchbooks will be presented to the best of show winners in each grade. Honorable mentions will also be presented with certificates. 

For the ninth consecutive year, the La Grande Arts Commission is also sponsoring a cash award for an outstanding work by a La Grande High School student artist. Joining the arts commission in presenting special awards are three additional regional art centers: Union County’s Art Center East, Crossroads Art Center of Baker City and the Pendleton Center for the Arts in conjunction with Pendleton Art and Frame, Art and Antiques on Main and the Blue Mountain Community College Foundation.

See the “Eastern Oregon Regional High School Exhibition” through March 21. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information visit www.eou.edu/art or connect on Instagram and Facebook.