Native American high school and professional artists sought for UWS art exhibit

Superior, Wisconsin (ICC) 12-08

The Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Superior is seeking Native American high school students and professional Native American artists to exhibit their artwork at UW-Superior’s 10th annual American Indian Art Scholarship Exhibit April 6-29, 2009, in the university’s Kruk Gallery.

The exhibit showcases outstanding artwork created by Native American 9th- through 12th-grade students from Wisconsin and Minnesota. The students’ work is exhibited alongside the work of professional Native American artists from across the region. Participating high school juniors and seniors compete for a $1,000 scholarship to UW-Superior.


For the first time, a faculty jury from the university’s Art and First Nations Studies programs will judge the work of the professional artists. Also new, featured artist Karen Savage Blue, a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe, will present a workshop for participating high school students before a reception honoring the artists.

“This exhibit has become a showcase for top Native American artists – both students and adults – in our region,” said Ivy Vainio, multicultural affairs specialist at UW-Superior. “It’s a fun experience for the students to display their creativity, and an opportunity to earn a university scholarship. For the professional artists, it’s an opportunity to introduce their work to a new audience and to inspire a new generation of artists.”

Art show rules, deadlines and applications are available on the Office of Multicultural Affairs website at For more information, contact Ivy Vainio at (715) 394-8415 or yvainio@

UW-Superior is Wisconsin’s Leading Public Liberal Arts College, preparing students for lifelong learning and rewarding careers through more than 26 undergraduate and graduate programs offered on campus along with degrees offered through distance learning. The university is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges and plays a central role in the University of Wisconsin System’s Growth Agenda for Wisconsin.