MCC-Longview’s Cultural Arts Center will be presenting its fourth annual high school fine arts competition and exhibit, “The Lee’s Summit Fine Arts Challenge,” featuring the works of fine arts students at the three Lee’s Summit high schools. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners.
The opening reception will be held Thursday, January 24, 4-7 p.m., with the awards ceremony at 6 p.m. The exhibition continues through February 23. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
The juror for this year’s competition is Tabitha Schmidt, who currently serves as director of the School for Continuing and Professional Studies at Kansas City Art Institute. Schmidt, who holds bachelor’s degrees in art and studio art from Baker University and a master’s in art history from University of Missouri – Kansas City, brings an extensive background in the art world to the Fine Arts Challenge.
Prior to her tenure at KCAI, Schmidt worked as an educator at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in the area of community outreach and education. She has spent many years making art accessible to the public.
Schmidt’s work with local school districts has spanned many years as well. In various capacities in her career, she has worked to partner area school districts with Kansas City arts organizations in an effort to promote fine arts in school.
A wide variety of media will be represented in the art on exhibit. Ceramics, drawing, jewelry, painting, print design, sculpture, and digital are some of the accepted media for this challenge. We encourage the public to view the works of the talented local high school artists who will be selected. Today’s high school student could be tomorrow’s rising star in the art world.