Lindenwood University-Belleville will partner with the Art on the Square art fair next year to co-sponsor the Lindenwood-Art on the Square Artist’s Choice Awards for local high school art students. The university will offer $250,000 in total scholarship funds to the winners and participants in the competition.
Each of the 10 winning students of the 2012 Lindenwood-Art on the Square Artist’s Choice Awards will receive $10,000 in scholarship money to be used at the university’s Belleville or St. Charles campus over a four-year period. The winners’ artwork will also be displayed for public viewing at the Lindenwood-Art on the Square Sponsor Brunch at Region’s Bank on May 19.
In addition, Lindenwood will offer a $500 university scholarship to each student whose work is entered in the competition.
“This is one way that we can show our commitment to the development of the arts right here in Belleville and encourage our young aspiring artists to pursue their education at a quality university close to home,” said Jerry Bladdick, vice president and chief administrative officer.
Art on the Square is ranked the top art fair in the nation and receives approximately 300 entries each year from nearly 30 local high schools competing for the Artist’s Choice Awards. Entries are judged by art professors from Southwestern Illinois College, Lindenwood University, and exhibiting professional artists. All art submissions for this year’s Lindenwood-Art on the Square Artist’s Choice Awards will be accepted with the High School applications to Art on the Square by May 1, 2012. The awards ceremony will be held on May 19, 2012. Refer to the High School link at www.artonthesquare.com for complete rules and information.
“We at Art on the Square are thrilled at Lindenwood Belleville’s generosity and look forward to working with the university,” said Cindy Evans, co-chairman for the high school exhibit of Art on the Square. “The best part of this partnership is that the students will be the ones to benefit.”
For more information on Lindenwood University-Belleville’s Art on the Square scholarship, please contact Mary Radcliff at 618-239-6031.
To learn more about how your high school can participate, please contact Patty Gregory at 618-960-9597, Cindy Evans at 618-530-6126, George Gasparich at 618-213-6555 or check Art on the Square’s website.