Mount Mercy exhibits area high school students

Mount Mercy will exhibit the artwork of area high school students during a special exhibit at the Janalyn Hanson White Gallery April 19 – April 29. The exhibit will provide an opportunity to showcase the unique and distinctive artwork of local, young talent in the community, while allowing visitors to witness the results of art teachers’ devotion to cultivating creativity in their students. 

The 34th annual Area High School Art exhibit provides guests with an enormous variety of displayed artwork, ranging from 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional work to video animation. The exhibit annually features a wide variety of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and graphic work in charcoal and ink, clay, photography and digital imaging. More than 100 students will display their artwork during the exhibit.  

Participating high schools and their respective art teachers include: Alburnett High School and Kasey Bellach, Benton Community High School and Lindsay Meyer-Giannetto, Clear Creek-Amana High School and Mary Pat Hanson-Karstens, English Valleys High School and Jody Cowman, Iowa Valley High School and Kathleen Frimml, Kennedy High School and Dennis Schmuecker, Linn Mar High School and Gloria Zmolek, Marion High School and Jennifer Thilgis, Metro High School and Jim Jacobmeyer, Monticello High School and Jane Woodhouse, Mount Vernon High School and Laurie Zaiger, Springville High School and Bailey Jacobson, Washington High School and Elizabeth Schmelzer, and Tipton High School and Tyler Roos. 

The exhibit will close with a special Art Day on April 30, where participating high school students will visit campus and take part in art workshops with a guest visiting artist. Awards will also be given our for First, Second, and Third place exhibit winners, as well as Honorable Mentions. Awardees will receive a special scholarship, should they choose to attend Mount Mercy. First place is a $1,500 scholarship, Second place is a $1,000 scholarship, and Third place is a $500 scholarship. 

The Janalyn Hanson White Gallery is located in lower McAuley Hall on the Mount Mercy College campus. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or by appointment. Viewings outside of normal business hours can be arranged by checking out a gallery key from the McAuley Switchboard, or by contacting the Lundy Desk at 319-363-8213. 

Mount Mercy offers numerous Happenings on the Hill cultural affairs events each year, including plays, lectures, forums, and exhibits, which are free and open to the community. Series such as the Race and Gender Speaker Series and the Barbara Knapp Speaker Series offer resources on business-related topics of interest and perspectives on the global and local issues of race, gender, minorities, and cultural differences.

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