This year’s Southwest Conference Fine Arts Festival will be held at Valentine High School on March 21st and 22nd.
Talented fine arts students from Ainsworth, Broken Bow, Cozad, Gothenburg, Minden, Ogallala and Valentine will spend two days with clinicians in a cooperative rather than competitive environment.
The Visual Arts portion of the SWC Fine Arts Festival begins on Friday with a mural contest and mixer activities.
During the mural contest, all of the schools are given the same theme with which to create a mural. They complete this task on their own with the other art students from their school without any assistance from their art instructor. All students vote for the mural best depicting the theme. Students may not vote for their own school’s mural. The winner is announced at the Saturday afternoon concert and will have their mural used on the cover of the 2015 SWC program.
For the mixer activities, the students are placed in groups with students from the other SWC schools.
On Saturday, the art students will partake in four mini-workshops including “The Power of the Magnificent Three” by Joan Swim, Springview, NE; Mono Printing from Clay Plates with Pat Schemmer, Valentine; a Silk Painting Class by Debby Galloway of Kilgore, Nebraska and a Western Art & Music presentation by Otto Rosfeld of Valentine.
Directing this year’s SWC Honors Band is Dr. Michael Stephens, Associate Professor of Music at Chadron State College in Chadron.
Dr. Stephens was a middle school band director for six years prior to attending Kent State University for his Masters studies. Upon completion of his doctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh, Stephens joined the faculty at Chadron State College in 2007.
Dr. Joel Schreuder, Professor of Music at Chadron State College will be directing the SWC Honors Choir.
Dr. Schreuder has been very active in Nebraska and the surrounding High Plains region as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. Since his arrival at CSC, he has conducted the High Plains Honor, Festival and Men’s Choirs as well as several district music festivals and honor choirs in Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota and Colorado.
Works of art from all seven schools will be displayed outside the Valentine High School gym on Saturday afternoon prior to 4 p.m. concert. This year’s concert program will depict the winning mural by Cozad art students at last year’s festival.