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For Immediate Release

For Immediate Release                                                           
The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa
Contact: Sharron Rudowski


(Tuscaloosa, Ala.) The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Visual Art Achievement Awards Exhibit that will be on display at the Bama Theatre’s Junior League Gallery now through March 8. The exhibit will close with a reception and presentation of awards on March 8 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the gallery. Artists and educators Mary and Gary Kerr served as judges for the show. 

The judges awarded the District III Best of Show, First, Second and Third Place winners and also Honorable Mentions to students from local public and private schools with works divided into two groups based on grade level and category. The winners plus additional works accepted to the show will be on display. Group I consisted of middle school students in grades 6-8, and Group II included high school students in grades 9-12. Entries were classified based on medium:  Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, 3-D, Printmaking, Computer Design and Photography.

District III schools that submitted art to the competition included Brookwood MS, Brookwood HS, Holy Spirit Catholic School, Echols MS, American Christian Academy, Rock Quarry MS, Central HS, Northridge HS, Hillcrest HS, Tuscaloosa County HS, Paul W. Bryant HS, Tuscaloosa Academy and Northside HS.

Select works chosen by the judges for their outstanding merit (separate from the winning entries) will be featured at the state level competition exhibit at the RSA Tower Artist’s Gallery in Montgomery, Ala. For a complete list of participants, District III winners, and those chosen to advance to the state level competition, visit tuscarts.org/competition-visualachievement.

A program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Visual Arts Achievement Program provides local and state recognition for student achievement in the visual arts. The program is designed to offer encouragement to young artists, showcase their work and offer opportunities for advanced training beyond high school.

Located at 600 Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa, the Bama Theatre’s Junior League Gallery is open Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and also during Bama Theatre events.  Enter the gallery through the PARA Building, located adjacent to the theatre, during daytime hours.

For more information about The Arts Council or Bama Theatre, patrons should LIKE the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205-758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.



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