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The overarching idea behind Wallace State's annual Arts in April celebration is to provide a variety of culturally enriching events that service both the Wallace State student body and community.” – Adrian Scott, Visual Communications Program Director

HANCEVILLE – Wallace State Community College is seeking artists to participate in an exhibition of local community artworks Monday, March 30 through Saturday, April 11 as part of the annual 2015 Arts in April Celebration. The theme for this year’s exhibition is “Piet, Pixels and Polygons”. Participants are invited to create artworks based on visual and/or digital geometric principles as they consider the techniques and thinking of the Dutch abstract artist Piet Mondrian.

“The hope of this theme choice is to have artworks created which highlight both visual literacy and digital literacy issues,” said Visual Communications Program Director Adrian Scott. “Piet Mondrian, a historical modern art figure, created and painted a simple geometric style, which easily could be compared to the pixelated images which are now such a prevalent part of our lives. So I guess the point of this theme choice is just to visually consider the simple geometric pixel, which has become the mostly invisible basis of digital communication. Any imagery related to vintage video game characters, Tetris, Minecraft, paper craft, origami, Rubik’s Cubes, etc. are welcome.”

The Arts in April is an annual event that began in 2006 as a way to engage the community in all forms of art, according to Scott.

“The overarching idea behind Wallace State's annual Arts in April celebration is to provide a variety of culturally enriching events that service both the Wallace State student body and community,” Scott said.

A few of the events planned for this April include performances of the play ‘Into the Woods’ by the WSCC Theatre department, WSCC Jazz Band Dance and WSCC Concert Choir performances.Drawing, painting, photography, ceramics and sculpture, digital art, and multimedia crafts are the five media categories artists may choose from.

While there is a theme for the exhibition, all submissions are welcome, even if they do not pertain to the theme. Any age group is invited to participate and may submit up to two works from any of the media categories. The school also asks that all two dimensional artworks (drawings, paintings, photographs or graphic prints) must be mounted, matted or framed to be accepted and properly hung. Clay or ceramic artworks must be kiln-fired. Sculptures should be mounted on bases for presentation.

Art is something we all have in us, according to Scott, and he looks forward to seeing another batch of artists express themselves.

“It's important, if not imperative, that everyone, in some way or another, should make time to scribble, draw, paint, sew, etc., just to exercise the vast creative abilities that we all actually have,” said Scott. “I think that I mostly just enjoy being able to have the public showcase their works here in our Fine and Performing Arts facility. It's great to have participants get the chance to see and experience their thoughts and efforts on display.”

Each entry must be the work of only one individual. Deadline for submission of all artworks is Friday, March 20, 2015. Any schools or art entities needing to make other submission arrangements should contact Adrian Scott in the Art Department at 256-352-8145 or the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Front Reception Desk at 256-352-8457.