Peru State hosts fourth annual Art Day

Peru State hosts fourth annual Art Day

November 1, 2019
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Peru, Nebraska – The Peru State College Art Department hosted more than 130 aspiring high school artists on campus as part of the fourth annual Art Day. Art Day seeks to connect the region’s young artists with the faculty, current majors, alumni and friends of the Art Department in ways that encourages continued exploration of the arts.

Visiting students and teachers were welcomed to campus by special guest artist Susan Knight. Knight is an Omaha-based painter, paper and installation artist. She has been commissioned to create a special piece for Peru State as part of Nebraska’s 1% for art commitment and renovations of the College’s Performing Arts Center.

Knight presents in the Peru State Art Gallery.

Susan Knight speaks in front of one of her own pieces.

Susan Moore, assistant professor of Art at Peru State, writes, “I was amazed with the turnout this year! And I was over the moon with the new workshops and our guest artist this year – it is always exciting seeing new and diverse artwork and art processes.”

Moore is speaking in the Peru State Art Gallery too.

Susan Moore, assistant professor of art at Peru State, greets the College’s guests.

Students and teachers were then able to choose from four workshops.

  • Fine Art Workshop: Dynamic Paper Cutting – with guest artist Susan Knight
  • 3D Design Workshop: Sculpture Construction with Peru State Students
  • Graphic Design Workshop: Logo Art Designing with Peru State alumni, business owner and entrepreneur, Logan Merz
  • Teacher Workshop: Target, Method, Match with Peru State alumni, former Peru State faculty member and nationally recognized cartoonist, Paul Fell

In addition to the artistic workshops, attending students were able to tour campus and the art department, meet and greet current art majors, and have lunch in the newly renovated cafeteria. Attending teachers were also able to participate in a teacher-led round table for addressing standards, curriculum innovations, and assessment approaches.

Fell is teaching in the drawing lab.

Paul Fell presenting to regional high school students about cartooning.


Merz is teaching in the Graphic Design Lab.

Logan Merz working 1-on-1 with a student during his logo workshop.


Knight is holding up artwork as she describes technique.

Susan Knight discussing a piece during her workshop.

Students were also allowed up to three submissions to the juried exhibition that will be displayed and judged in the spring. Students could submit any drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, photograph, 3D (including sculpture and ceramics) or digital artwork completed during their high school career. All submissions were free.

In addition to winning the exhibition, outstanding entries may be eligible for scholarships worth thousands of dollars off a student-artist’s tuition at Peru State College. The exhibition will be displayed on a date still yet to be determined.

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