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October 14, 2005

THIRD ANNUAL STATEWIDE ART COMPETITION LAUNCHED

SPRINGFIELD - Governor Rod Blagojevich and the Illinois Board of Higher Education have announced that Robert Morris College in Chicago will host the 2006 Annual Collegiate Artists Competition. This will be the third year undergraduate students at all Illinois colleges and universities will be able to compete for awards in a major statewide, juried competition.

The 2006 competition will culminate in an awards ceremony and a six-week exhibit of winners' artwork at the State Street Art Gallery at Robert Morris College in Chicago in May 2006.

In 2004, the inaugural year of the annual competition, 260 students entered 624 works of art, producing 38 finalists and 4 winners of $1,000 purchase awards. Finalists and winners exhibited their artwork at the University Galleries at Illinois State University. In the second year of the competition, 306 students entered 750 artworks from which 41 finalists and 4 purchase award winners were selected for exhibit at the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville. In its first two years, the competition has disbursed nearly $25,000 in prizes and honoraria to winners and finalists.

The 2006 competition is open to all undergraduate students taking a minimum of six credit hours at an Illinois public or private, two-year or four-year college or university. There is no entry fee for the competition, which is presented by the Office of the Governor, the Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Community College Board, the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, the state Capital Development Board, and the Illinois' community of 181 colleges and universities.

A juror for the competition will select finalists whose artwork will be exhibited at the Robert Morris' State Street Gallery from May 4 through June 16. Finalists will receive a modest honorarium and be eligible to compete for one of four $1,000 purchase awards recognizing outstanding achievement, including:

  • The Governor's Medallion of Excellence,
  • The Illinois Board of Higher Education Prize,
  • The Illinois Community College Board Award,
  • The Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities Award.

An awards ceremony honoring finalists and winners is scheduled for 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2006, at Robert Morris College, 401 S. State Street in Chicago.

The official call for entries, with a prospectus of the competition and an entry form, is scheduled to be distributed to all Illinois colleges and universities by November 11. Student entries must be postmarked by February 28 to be eligible for the 2006 competition.

To ensure that students compete against counterparts at institutions of similar size, the competition will divide colleges and universities into four divisions:

  • four-year public and private institutions with enrollments above 5,000,
  • four-year public and private institutions with enrollments below 5,000,
  • two-year public and private colleges above 5,000 enrollments,
  • two-year public and private colleges above 5,000 enrollments.
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Sevener@ibhe.org


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