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First-Ever Endowed Dr. Selma Burke Sculpture Award to Pay Tribute

to Top Sculpture Student

 The 31st annual “Touch the Future” art show will honor winners from 26 public high schools in Bucks and Montgomery counties as it kicks off its three-week run with a reception and awards ceremony on Sunday, February 25 from 1 to 3 pm at Arcadia University in Glenside. The event is free and open to the public through March 15 during gallery hours. It is sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Education Association, Mideastern Region (PSEA/MER), and CAPS.

New this year is the endowed Dr. Selma Burke Sculpture Award given to honor the top sculpture student and pay tribute to the artist who created the 1944 bas relief entitled Franklin Delano Roosevelt, which later inspired the Roosevelt dime. Dr. Burke was a member of the Harlem Renaissance movement and lived and worked in New Hope for 46 years.


The annual juried show pays tribute to Christa McAuliffe. She was the first teacher in space who perished aboard the space shuttle Challenger and was known for the expression, “I touch the future. I teach.”

The winners of the juried show will be selected by Tamryn McDermott, Director of Admissions at Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

The student artists vie for honors including “Best of Show,” along with second and third place runners-up, a Teachers’ Choice, and Juror’s awards. A winner is also selected from each of the following categories: Drawing – Black & White; Color Drawing; Painting; 2-D Mixed Media; 2-D Design (no digital); Printmaking; Digital Imaging/Computer Graphics; Traditional Silver Print; Digital Photography; 3-D Mixed Media Sculpture; 3-D Single Medium Sculpture; 3-D Functional; Fiber Crafts; and Jewelry/Metals.

Prize money totaling nearly $2,000 has been donated by PSEA/MER and the organization will also provide compensation to several students who agree to sell their artwork for permanent display in the region offices. Prizes of $50 will also be presented for the “Teacher’s Choice” Award and the Juror’s Prize.

The exhibition will take place at Arcadia University, University Commons Art Gallery Area and Great Room Lobby, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA. It will welcome the public from Saturday, February 24 through Thursday, March 15 during gallery hours (Monday through Friday, 10 am to 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 pm).

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