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The inaugural Olivet College Regional High School Student Art Exhibition drew more than 150 2D, 3D, ceramics and graphic designsubmissions. Juniors and seniors across the state entered their work to compete for talent scholarships up to $3,000. The event culminated in an artists’ reception and awards ceremony on Friday, Dec. 15 where 24 students were awarded scholarships.

Adjunct professor of art Don VanAuken is proud to help these students recognize their potential to succeed as visual art students at Olivet. “It has been a pleasure to work with these students and to see their amazing work, and also to play a role in their college selection by sharing what Olivet College has to offer,” he said. “I was very impressed by the caliber of submissions we received, and can’t wait for these students to join us on campus. The individualized attention present at OC is very beneficial to artists. As professors, we are able to learn each student’s strengths, weaknesses and goals, and customize an approach to teaching them. Pairing that kind of structure with an affordable education helps graduates enter the job market with confidence – and less debt.”

Scholarship Recipients

Melanie Jones, Eaton Rapids High School

Brendon Alberty, Penfield High School

Ashton Wood, Charlotte High School

Serenity Brooks, Charlotte High School

Dana Shepard, Olivet High School

Drew Smith, Dexter High School

Isabel Price, Penfield High School

Kristin Donnelly, Zeeland East High School

Joseph Kunnen, City High Middle School

Will Wilson, Charlotte High School

Alexa Davis, Kalamazoo Central High School

Keeley Robinson, Maple Valley High School

Emma Berning, Harper Creek High School

Dante Barnes, Penfield High School

Mitchell VanNate, Potterville High School

Tana Neeb, Kalamazoo Central High School

Sarah Boyle, Kalamazoo Central High School

Andrew Barkman, Kalamazoo Central High School

Haili Trowbridge, Maple Valley High School

Philip Kooistra, City High Middle School

Jessalyn Kline, Kalamazoo Central High School

Alexis Coger, Penfield High School

Phillip Heard, Kalamazoo Central High School

Maranda Barbree, Penfield High School

View the exhibit in the Kresge Foundation Art Gallery inside the Riethmiller Blackman Art Building at OC until Dec. 22. Contact the Office of Admissions at 800.456.7189 or admissions@olivetcollege.edu to learn more about the visual arts program at OC.

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