April 6, 2007
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12-County Art Show continues to April 22

A miniature checkerboard you can wear on your wrist.

Two little pigs peeking out from behind a barbed-wire fence.

A girl in a Mandarin dress holding a pieced-paper picture of a Chinese dragon.

This and much more, all created by teen-agers, can be seen in our Atrium during the
12-County High School Art Show
, now on display until April 22.


The juried competition and show was founded in 1985 by Judy Sager, Marketing and Communications, who is retiring at the end of this month. In its 22 years, the show has attracted art department chairs from universities across the country scouting for tomorrow’s brightest artistic talent.

In fact, 17 past winners have received scholarships to universities with prestigious art programs, including the University of Chicago School of Fine Arts, Cooper Union and Pratt Institute.

The competition draws entries from 120 school districts in some of the small, outlying Texas counties – Brown, Comanche, Cook, Denton, Eastland, Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties – and receives about 1,500 entries each year, many from students who would not otherwise be able to compete with their peers for scholarships and rewards.

But while the competition allows junior and senior art students an opportunity to win prizes, build their portfolios and have their work seen by university scouts, the show was originally founded for another purpose as well – building relationships with the small towns and rural counties in which so many of TCOM’s graduates now practice and current TCOM students will someday serve.

Take some time to wander around the Atrium and view the pieces on display – they include mediums from scratchboard to ceramics, pastels to paper piecing. Self-portraits, jewelry, sculpture and hand-drawn snapshots of Texas life are all included in this year’s collection.

And much of the art is on sale, too. Whether it’s for your mantle, your office or your wrist, if you see a piece on display you like, contact Sager at ext. 2658. She’ll get you in contact with the artist’s school. UNT HSC Logo


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