PRESS RELEASE: Area High School Art Students Recognized in Juried Competition at Bristol Library

February 21, 2012


Contact: Bill Hartley, Art in Public Places Board of Directors,, 423 416-1088

Bristol, VA — Art students from Tri-Cities area high schools are competing for $1,750 in cash prizes in the 2012 Artistic Excellence Competition. A renowned juror will select winners from dozens of submissions by art teachers on behalf of their talented students, with selected works to be displayed in the Vergie R. Fleenor Gallery of the Bristol Public Library from March 3-April 3, 2012.

The young artists will be honored during a public reception at the gallery on Saturday, March 3, 2012, from 2:00 til 4:00pm celebrating the opening of the month-long exhibit of their work. Students, their parents, and representatives of Art in Public Places will be available for press opportunities.

The event is sponsored by Art in Public Places, a non-profit arts organization that coordinates a dynamic outdoor sculpture exhibit throughout the downtown each year. The AiPP Artistic Excellence Committee has worked with area schools to receive submissions and organize the event. The exhibit is a key example of the nature of downtown Bristol's Arts and Entertainment District and is also inspired by Virginia's Minds Wide Open initiative.

About the juror: We are honored to have artist, art administrator, and educator Hank T. Foreman serve as juror. Foreman is Associate Vice-Chancellor for University Communications and Cultural Affairs at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He also serves as Director and Chief Curator of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. He received his B.C.A. in Painting and Sculpture from UNC at Charlotte and his M.A. in Art Education from Appalachian State.

About the organization: Art in Public Places is a community art project organized and implemented by the Art in Public Places Board with the cooperation of the Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, city governments. It is our goal to install art in public spaces in Bristol for the enjoyment and enrichment of the community.

Press welcome at event.

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