Art Guild Offers Scholarship Competition, Annual Show For High School Students

The Ste. Genevieve Art Guild again will recognize one county high school student with a scholarship for the seventh consecutive year and host the Ste. Genevieve County High School Art Show.

Both the scholarship competition and show are open to home-schooled students as well as graduating seniors at Valle and Ste. Genevieve high schools.

Eligible candidates for the $500 scholarship must submit a qualified portfolio and declare art as their minor or major area of study. The recipient of this scholarship will be determined by the Ste. Genevieve Art Guild Scholarship Committee.

Those interested in obtaining the scholarship or show guide lines can contact one of the high school art teachers or art guild member Juanita Wyman at [email protected] or 573-883-9533.  

The  scholarship is called the Betty Geraghty Memorial Art Scholarship, in memory of one of the founding members of the art guild. The scholarship award is based on portfolio guidelines that were forwarded to the art teachers at high schools.

The art show will consist of art work completed in several categories: drawing, color, and three dimensional. First through third place will be awarded in each category — beginners and advanced — and a Best of Show will be determined by the judges. First place will received $25 and the Best of Show will receive $75.

The art show and scholarship competition are sponsored by the guild in cooperation with Sandra Cabot at the Welcome Center on Main and Market streets.

This year’s show will be during the Fourth Friday Art Walk on March 22.

Presentation of art show winners and scholarship recipient will be at 6 p.m. at the Welcome Center. The show will remain open for viewing throughout the weekend.

“Being an art teacher at DeSoto High School for 30 years is one of the reasons I am dedicated to chairing the art guild’s county art show/scholarship committee,” Wyman said. “There’s more going on in our schools today outside of sports and the academics. It’s important for each student to find their niche, and the arts — which include music, drama, and art — are areas that many students find they can excel. I think it is important to showcase these students and the art programs in the two schools. Recognizing these people and encouraging them to continue doing what they like or enjoy, as a career or maybe just a hobby, may find one of these students looking back and saying ‘I was influenced by the arts, or by an individual, in Ste. Genevieve.’”

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