EAST JORDAN — Jordan River Arts Council will host its 18th annual Student Scholarship Show. The exhibit will run from May 12-24 at the Jordan River Art Center in East Jordan.
This year the exhibition will be much larger than normal, featuring the works and creations of more than 25 students. Past years generally have between 15 to 20 entrants, said Cynthia Tschudy, artist and curator.
The goal of the show is to "support local artists and to provide local students with art experiences, as well as encouraging students who want to continue their studies in the arts," Tschudy said.
Submissions are open to junior and senior students who live in Antrim and Charlevoix counties, and they have the opportunity to be awarded various scholarships. There will be more than $3,500 worth of scholarships provided to the local youth during this exhibition, with the largest the $1,500 Betty Osborne Scholarship for a senior student who wishes to study art in college. A different local area artist judges the scholarship competition each year.
The exhibit also allows the students to "enjoy the opportunity to display their work for the public, to see other student work and, of course, the opportunity to win an award," Tschudy said. "The families of our students are proud and amazed at the caliber of work shown."
The show also gives the students experience in a judged competition, as well as an opportunity to see how others react to their artwork.
Awards will be presented during the show opening 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, with the awards ceremony at 2 p.m. Additional awards include the Betty Beeby $1,000 scholarship for a high school senior, the $750 Jordan River Arts Council scholarship open to both juniors and seniors, and three honorable mention awards of $100 each.
Jordan River Art Center is at 301 Main St. in East Jordan and the exhibit will be open 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays.