The 66th Otero Arts Festival opens on Tuesday, March 29 – La Junta Tribune Democrat

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By DEBBIE PHILLIPS Otero College

The 66th annual Otero Arts Festival will take place March 29-31 at the McDivitt Center Gymnasium on the campus of Otero College. The Otero Arts Festival features creative writing, sculpture, pottery, painting, drawing, and other artwork submitted by middle and high school students from across southeast Colorado.

Started as an art competition for elementary and secondary school students 66 years ago, the Otero Arts Festival is the longest running event for public school students that continues to be sponsored by the college. For the past few years, the writing and art competitions have attracted more than 2,000 entries per year. Entries are presented in the McDivitt Center gymnasium, filling the entire playing floor.

Over the years, judges have included renowned professional artists, published authors, and professors of art and creative writing from leading Colorado colleges and galleries.

Local students in grades 7-12 participated in the Otero Arts Festival this year. Entries for the Art Contest were accepted on Friday, March 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the McDivitt Center Gym on the Otero College campus. Students could enter one entry for each medium/technique with a maximum of six total entries per student. Judging took place on Saturday, March 26 for visual arts.

Creative writing submissions were accepted through March 4, sorted, saved, and sent for judging by Colorado State University Pueblo’s President’s Leadership Program in collaboration with their sponsor, Dr. David Volk. All works will be exhibited during the festival in the reading room.

The arts and creative writing professionals who serve as jurors for the arts festival will award more than 600 ribbons in the competition, which attracts entries each year from artists and writers from middle and high schools across the country. southeast Colorado. They also choose recipients of the Best of Show High School and Middle School and Outstanding Senior Portfolio ribbons in visual arts. The top creative writing awards include Best Representative of High School and College Judges’ Work and Outstanding Senior Creative Writing Portfolio.

Public viewing of the art exhibit will begin Tuesday, March 29 at 8 a.m. The exhibition will remain open to the public from March 29 to 31 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and then again from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The awards ceremony and reception will take place on Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. to recognize this year’s top ribbon winners. Admission to the exhibition is free. The public is invited to visit the exhibition and see the exceptional work of the students.

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