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​High School Art Competition 2016 at Endicott College

March 7, 2016 - Endicott College is pleased to announce the High School Art Competition 2016 at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale Street, Beverly.  Sixty Students from 24 area high schools are competing in this prestigious exhibit that runs now through Friday, April 22, 2016.  Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday:  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  During the week of March 12-20, gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  A reception and awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.   The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. 

The exhibit is juried by Nancy Burns, assistant curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Worcester Art Museum.  Young artists, whose entries were chosen by their art instructors were invited to participate in this competition and will be awarded a certificate of participation, an opportunity to have their art portfolio reviewed by one of our fine art professors, and a chance at winning one of the many prizes chosen by Nancy Burns, and awarded at the ceremony.    

Media included are varied, which makes for an excellent overview of what the talented high school students have been creating this year.  The art faculty of these institutions is to be congratulated for their dedication and expertise from which many of their students learn not only the basic art techniques, but the highly technical media as well.  The viewer will find ceramics, drawing, 3 D sculpture, glass, and photopolymer photgrauverue, digital and alternative processes in photography, black and white photos, charcoal, oils, mixed media, acrylics, and watercolors. 

The high schools participating this year are Amesbury, Andover, Beverly, Bishop Fenwick, Danvers, Gloucester, Hamilton-Wenham Regional, Ipswich, Landmark, Lynn Classical, Lynn English, Manchester Essex Regional, Masconomet Regional, Newburyport, Peabody Veterans Memorial, Pentucket Regional, Pingree, Revere, Rockport, Salem, Saugus, St. John’s Preparatory, Triton Regional, Waring School, and one home schooled student from Salem.

The public is invited to attend the Reception on Wednesday, March 23, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. with the Awards Ceremony at 5:45 p.m.  The Endicott Singers will be presenting works from their most recent performances starting at 5:30 p.m.  This exhibition is funded in part by the van Otterloo Family Foundation.

 "High School students with talent and interest should know the full economic impact of the arts and the millions of arts-related job. According to Americans for the Arts, nationally, the arts generated $135.2 billion of economic activity—and supports  4.13 million full-time jobs and generates $86.68 billion in resident household income. Endicott College fully prepares its students for a variety of professions in the arts." - Dean Mark Towner, School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Graduates of Endicott’s art and design programs typically work as creative staff in design, entertainment, marketing, media, or communications departments within established and often world-renowned organizations while some alumni transition to the workforce as entrepreneurial freelancers. The College’s commitment to state-of-the-art digital media, equipment, and software increases alumni’s potential for working in interactive media, building information modeling, motion graphics, and both fine art and commercial photography. Those pursuing careers in the arts work in museums, arts agencies, theaters, and educational settings, usually continuing their personal expression in painting, dance, or music. Art Therapy students commonly continue their education to become licensed therapists, while others prefer to begin working in healthcare and social service agencies. Masters program alumni either pursue a career in college-level teaching or significant advancement within their industries. Most recent data of art and design alumni report 84% are working and 13% are in graduate school.

For more information regarding the High School Art Competition 2016 or its programming, please contact Kathleen Moore, Coordinator of Visual Arts at978-232-2655 or   If your high school would like to contact us for next year’s competition, please contact Kathleen.