Now, with a $3,000 grant from the newly formed Roswell Arts Commission, the 2014 event promises to be “bigger and better than ever,” according to president Betty Walser.
“We were the only organization to receive an arts education grant, which is provided to groups supporting programs presented to school age children,” she said.
“Our mission with this funding is to increase the scope and award amounts for the juried high school show, now in its 27th year.”
Presented at Roswell Visual Arts Center, the 2014 show opens Jan. 24 and runs through Feb. 6, with reception and award presentation on opening night from 6 to 9 p.m.
“The Roswell Visual Arts Center has been supporting this show by providing facility, staff and a reception for the event,” said Larry Breeland, the alliance’s publicity director.
“In addition to the high school show at the Visual Arts Center location, we will be featuring a show for the winners along with their respective art teachers at the city hall rotunda in April, 2014. This will aid us in broadening the scope of the show.”
For most of the show’s existence, the alliance has presented $1,000 to $2,000 in prize money for a student to apply in furthering their art experience.
“With the downturn in the economy and our membership a few years ago, we cut back our awards from $2,000 to $1,000,” Walser said. “With the aid of the grant funds, we are glad to be able to restore our award amounts to the original $2,000.”
In past years, the awards were college scholarships paid directly to colleges where winners were declared as an art major.
“As you can imagine, the bookkeeping got difficult as younger high school students were winning the awards. The scholarship money had to be kept on our books for years,” Walser said.
“In an effort to simplify records and not have everyone claiming their awards during the same time frame, we changed to cash awards given to winners with the intention that the money will be used to further their arts education.”
This year’s judge will be Pat Drew, a nationally acclaimed graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the National Collage Society and the National Association of Women Artists.
All the art submitted by the nine participating high schools will be on display for public viewing at the Visual Arts Center in Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Road, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Viewing is free to the public. For more information, call (770) 594-6122.