TROY - More than 300 middle- and high-school students will demonstrate and hone their artistic skills during the second annual Trojan Art Day at Troy University on Feb. 20.
Trojan Art Day will offer workshops and demonstrations led by students and faculty in the University's Department of Art and Design culminating in competitions and expanding the statewide Visual Arts Award Program, an art competition sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
"The Visual Arts Achievement Program provides local and state recognition for student achievement in the visual arts and is designed to encourage and showcase the work of young artists," said Larry Percy, an art professor who coordinates the program for TROY. "As an arts-in-education program, it awards students in grades 6 through 12 that are participating in arts programs within their academic institutions."
The event will mark the ninth year that TROY's Department of Art and Design and the University have hosted the District II competition and the second year for the expanded Trojan Art Day format. Activities will get under way at 9 a.m. and conclude with the VAAP Awards ceremony at 1 p.m., taking place in and around Malone Hall on the Troy Campus.
The VAAP Competition Exhibition will open in Malone Gallery on Monday, Feb. 16, and works will remain on display through Friday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.
District II includes schools from Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Chambers, Clay, Coffee, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Dallas, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Pike, Russell, Randolph and Tallapoosa counties.
The VAAP competition is sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. The competition and Trojan Art Day are partially supported with an ASCA grant with additional support from Troy University.