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CU searches for art scholarship recipients

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By Joan C. McKinney

Campbellsville University is searching for talented high school seniors to compete for two art scholarships worth a total of $12,000.

The university's annual art scholarship competition and workshop will be Saturday, April 5 beginning at 9 a.m. in room 100 of the new art building across from Gosser Fine Arts Center on campus.

Performance grant scholarships will also be awarded to other students who might not be chosen for the competitive art scholarships.

Linda J. Cundiff, professor and chair of the department of art, said registration and submission of a portfolio will begin at 9 a.m. in the art building with a free workshop in ceramics at 9:30 a.m. in Gosser Fine Arts Center.

A brunch will be provided for students, teachers or parents as guests of the university at 11 a.m. in the Winters Dining Hall.

Interviews with students and examination of portfolios by art faculty are at noon.

The announcement of the winning competitive art scholarship and performance grant scholarships recipients will be at 2 p.m. in room 100 of the art building.

A student interested in the scholarship competition or in the performance grants must present a portfolio of his or her finest work to the art faculty at 9 a.m. But those wanting to participate should contact Cundiff and send in an application before the event.

"This is an opportunity for talented, high school seniors who will be first-time freshmen to compete for an art scholarship," Cundiff said.

"The winning students will receive $750 scholarship monies per semester for the duration of eight semesters while they attend Campbellsville University as an art major," she said. The recipients must be art majors.

She said the competing students must have an academic standing equivalent to or higher than a 3.0 grade point average (B average) and maintain that average in college work at Campbellsville University if chosen for this scholarship.

The recipients of the scholarships may also receive performance grant awards and other forms of financial aid. The portfolio requirements include the selection of three to 15 of the student's strongest, finest examples of his or her artwork to take to the competition.

"The pieces selected should show ambition in idea, execution, style and technical skill," Cundiff said.

"Of the pieces selected, the student may select options of what kinds of media to bring," she said.

The three-dimensional work can consist of either sculpture, ceramics, fibers, weaving or mixed media; black and white pieces including a variety of media including graphite, charcoal, chalk, scratch board, pen and ink, ink wash drawings and black and white media or mixed media, and colored pieces including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, colored pencils, tempera, color prints or other color media.

Cundiff said, "There should be a variety of themes and subject matter to include figurative or portrait work, landscape, still life or other ideas and themes."

Cundiff said all work must be original and by the student. She said no pieces copied from another artist's work will be accepted and no work based upon pre-packaged kits and no photochemically reproduced prints will be accepted. She said all two-dimensional work should be correctly matted, covered in acetate, shrink wrapped or framed.

Questions concerning the competition should be directed to Cundiff at 789-5268 or by e-mail at ljcundiff@campbellsville.edu or to Tommy Clark, professor of art, at 789-5267 or by e-mail at trclark@campbellsville.edu

- Joan C. McKinney is director of university communications at Campbellsville University.