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Art in motion

Alisha Self, Of the Record staff

A collage of snowboarding tricks, a sketch of cyclists and an ice-dancer crafted from clay may be among the pieces currently filtering into the Kimball Art Center.

Each year, the Kimball hosts the Wasatch Back Student Art Show, an exhibit featuring work by students in Summit and Wasatch counties. The 2010 show opens May 1 and continues through May 28.

"This is the only show that we have that centers around students," says Education Director Jenny Dierson. The exhibit is open to all students in public, private or home school in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

This year’s theme, "Art in Action," will explore how sports and art influence students’ lives. Artists are invited to submit original 2- or 3-dimensional artwork completed during the 2009-2010 school year. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 25.

Any kind of artwork that shows action or movement of some kind is fair game, Dierson says. "It doesn’t have to actually be sports-related, we’re just trying to get kids to show us how artwork can move."

The artwork doesn’t necessarily have to be made in school, but it must have been created within the school year, she adds.

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The entry fee is $1, which will be used to fund the opening reception on Saturday, May 1. All student artists, along with their families, friends, teachers and community members, are invited to get a first look at the exhibit from noon until 2 p.m.

Students’ artwork will be displayed in all three of the Kimball Art Center’s galleries, creating a student-centric atmosphere for nearly the entire month of May.

The pieces are not in competition for awards nor are they judged. "We try to let all students know that they can be artists," says Dierson. "We’re just happy that they’re all participating and being artists."

A new perk for students who enter the show is that they’ll receive a coupon for a free skate session at the Park City Ice Arena. The Ice Arena will host a special "Skate with the Pros" event for the burgeoning artists on Saturday, May 15, from 1 to 3 p.m., where they’ll have the chance to meet local sports celebrities, get autographs and join in other fun activities.

Applications for the Wasatch Back Student Art Show are available at the Kimball Art Center and at http://www.kimballartcenter.org . Students must drop off submissions that are ready to hang or display by 5 p.m. on April 25, at which time they can pick up their skate coupons. Artwork must be picked up between May 29 and June 1.

For more information about the show, contact Diersen at 649-8882 ext. 112 or jenny.diersen@kimballartcenter.org.