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Annual high school art exhibit set for March 6-13

The annual “Burley-Coal Region High School Exhibition and Competition,” will be held March 6-13 in the Golding-Yang Gallery in the Claypool-Young Art Building.  

The show is organized each year in partnership with the Kentucky Art Education Association and features high school artwork from the region.

In association with the exhibition, the Department of Art and Design will host its annual High School Art Day on March 13. There will be a sculpture competition between high school teams with the winners accepting trophies for first, second, third and honorable mention. Students showing artwork in the exhibition will receive ribbons for first, second and third and honorable mention in 13 different categories, including ceramics, digital media, drawing, fashion design, fiber arts and textile design, graphic design, jewelry and metalsmithing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video/film.

All first-place winners will move on to the all-state competition. In addition, activities are planned throughout the building including ceramics and sculpture demonstrations, Indian Rangoli and Jhoti painting, watercolor painting demonstration, drawing demonstrations, work with photography and other demonstrations.

“This event gives students a chance to see what Morehead State University offers in our Art & Design department. They get a chance to talk to our faculty and MSU students to get an idea of what university life is like and what opportunities there are in the field of Art & Design. High School students get to see their work displayed in a gallery and get to socialize with other students who have the same interest,” said Sherri Ward, academic department specialist in the Department of Art and Design. “Appalachia is historically underrepresented in the arts and High School Art Day allows for students and budding artists in the region to professionally exhibit their work in a collegiate environment.”

The list of high schools participating in the event includes: Bath County, Betsy Layne, Boyd County, Fleming County, Floyd Central, Greenup County, Hazard, Johnson Central, Lawrence County, Mason County, Montgomery County, Paintsville, Paul G. Blazer, Perry County Central, Pikeville, Raceland-Worthington, Russell Independent and Sheldon Clark.

The gallery in Claypool-Young features contemporary art for the MSU community as well as the University’s service region. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. There is no charge for viewing and the public is invited. Parking is available on Main Street during the day and on the MSU campus after 5 p.m.  

For more information about MSU's Department of Art and Design, visit or call 606-783-2766.