Release Date: February 4, 2008
Kennesaw State hosts Georgia's top high school arts students
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The award-winning Visual Arts Building at Kennesaw State
2008 Georgia National Art Honor Society
Workshop (partial list)
KENNESAW, Ga.—The Department of Visual Arts at Kennesaw State University will host the 2008 Georgia National Art Honor Society 18th Annual State Conference Feb. 8 through Feb. 9. More than 100 high school students and teachers from throughout Georgia will take introductory college-level workshops led by KSU members and upper-level KSU students.
Participants will have more than 14 workshops to choose from. Workshop topics include a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art disciplines from figure drawing and animation to graphic design to raku ceramics and sculpture. High school teachers may also attend a grant writing workshop. The attendees will tour Kennesaw State’s new Don Russell Clayton Gallery, which is part of Phase I of the university’s proposed Art Museum. They also will get to see what life is like for KSU students by touring the university’s student residences and the Carmichael Student Center.
The high school students will submit portfolios of their work to be evaluated for scholarship opportunities and will display their art history and criticism skills on a competitive tests. They also will display their artwork in an exhibition during the two-day conference. Awards will be presented to the top students on Saturday afternoon in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The guest speakers for the awards ceremony will be KSU Associate Professor of Art Education Rick Garner and KSU Professor of Art Ayokunle Odeleye.
“We are excited to host these talented students and their teachers on our campus,” says Linda Hightower, chair of the KSU Department of Visual Arts. “It will allow them to sample the challenges and rewards of pursuing an art major when they go to college.”
Kennesaw State last hosted the Georgia National Arts Honor Society Conference in 2005. This year’s conference has been organized in partnership with art teacher Kim Brown of Sequoyah High School in Canton.
To qualify for membership in the Georgia National Art Honor Society, high school students must demonstrate strong art skills and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The organization is affiliated with the Georgia Art Educators Association.
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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population exceeding 20,000 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia, KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.