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December 5, 2000

High School Art Goes to College

An art exhibit at California State University, Sacramento puts local high school students in a collegiate frame of mind.

San Juan Unified School District students will display their artwork at CSUS with an opening night reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Witt Gallery located in Kadema Hall.

Students will be exhibiting paintings, sculptures, collages and multi-media pieces with subject matter ranging from figurative to the abstract.

"It has been a real pleasure to work with high school art teachers.  They tell me that their students are really excited about showing their artwork here and of course we are delighted to have them," CSUS art professor Elaine O’Brien said.

Instructors involved in the project include CSUS alumni Phil Amrhein, El Camino High School art teacher and Suzanne Mandell, Mira Loma High School art teacher.

According to Mandell, this exhibition is significant because it offers the high school students an opportunity to present pieces at a professional gallery and provides a concrete college experience.

"This is a fabulous chance for high school students to exhibit their pieces at an excellent gallery and it’s a way for them to imagine themselves on a college campus," Mandell said.

The exhibit is free and continues through Dec. 15. Exhibition hours are noon to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Wednesday.

For more information contact the CSUS art department at (916) 278-6166. For media assistance contact the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

More information is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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