DSU showcases area students' art in Mind's Eye Gallery

"Vase" by senior Mattea Binstock, South Heart School is featured in Dickinson State University's Mind's Eye Gallery. (Kayla Henson / The Dickinson Press)

Last week through Feb. 19, Dickinson State University will showcase high school students' artwork in the Area High Schools Fine Arts Exhibition, located in the university's Mind's Eye Gallery.

Ian Mabry, director of the art gallery, reached out to about a dozen area high schools for the exhibition.

"I don't know about Trinity, but I know Beulah, South Heart and Killdeer all have art teachers who are former DSU art majors, so they tend to respond when DSU does event for high school art students. They were the largest bulk of our entries," he said.

The gallery features artworks of various mediums, including pencil and pen drawings, acrylic painting, photography, torn paper collage mosaic, sculpture, found objects and scratch board art.

"It could be art projects on their own curricula, so whatever they're already doing at the school or it could be work that the students want to do specifically for the exhibition or it could have been just personal projects," Mabry said.


The show will continue until Feb. 19. The closing reception and awards ceremony will be free to the public and held from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

"The other DSU art faculty and I will judge the show and decide on some winners," Mabry said. "We've got in our stock lots of art supplies like portfolios and drawing pads and pens and pencils and paints, which will comprise some of the awards. We offered the potential for up to two eligible seniors to win $500 scholarships through the DSU Foundation."

The staff is still discussing what awards they will be giving, but Mabry thinks they will likely give a best of show award, along with a few others.

Mabry isn't sure exactly how many people have visited the gallery so far, as the counting mechanism they typically use is not functioning, but based on the guest book, about 20 people have seen it.

Kayla Henson is a former Dickinson Press reporter.
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