“The gift of an artist is to transform our vision of reality. These works present concrete testimony of this, as many of the paintings, collages, pop art examples and sculpture show the far-reaching effects of contemporary art and art education.”– Howard E. Wooden, Director 1966-1976
The role of the arts in education has been a subject of discussion for years, and was no less the case in 1966, when Director Howard E. Wooden suggested that the Swope, in cooperation with the Vigo County School Corporation, hold a student exhibition to showcase the excellence of both the area’s young artists and the area’s art teachers. It was Mr. Wooden’s feeling that the perspectives of young talent revealed the health and cultural awareness of a community, as well as the success created when teachers encourage self-expression along with technical disciplines.
The inaugural show opened May 16, 1967, to an audience of 300, and today, Mr. Wooden’s tradition of celebrating students and teachers alike continues. The exhibition features student artwork from each school in the Vigo County School Corporation, as well as several other area private schools. Additionally, at the high school level, the show is open to surrounding counties and home-schools and functions as a juried exhibition.
53rd Annual Student Art Exhibition
April 10 – May 23, 2021
High School (9th – 12th grades) will be juried for exhibition by a non-partisan juror. Every school that enters work into the competition will be guaranteed at least one work included in the exhibition. However, award distribution will be at the juror’s discretion. The high school level is open to surrounding counties (Indiana: Vermillion, Parke, Putnam, Clay, Owen, Greene, and Sullivan; Edgar and Clark in Illinois) and home-schools in addition to the schools of Vigo County. After judging, the Swope will post notice of the juror’s selections to our web site.
The 2021 submission deadline for high school entries is Friday, March 5.
Elementary and middle school entries are not juried for exhibition or judged for awards. Due to COVID, this year’s showing of elementary and middle school students will be virtual. Artworks will be shared on the Swope’s website and social media. Selections are limited to elementary and middle schools in Vigo County with an art program run by an art teacher. All artworks entered according to the included guidelines will be shown.
The 2021 submission deadline for middle and elementary school entries is Sunday, March 14th.
In all levels, each participating student will receive mention in the exhibition catalogue and a personal invitation to the opening from the Swope Director.