BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (WDTV) - Art students at West Virginia Wesleyan college have worked hard for months preparing for their end of semester showcase.
Two pieces by local high school artists.
"I think it's awesome and it's great that we actually had the opportunity to do it," said Lura Simons, a junior art student at Robert C. Byrd High School.
From graphic design, to sculpting, to painting, all courses in the art department will be represented at the show.
"It's nice to be able to show [my peers] that I'm doing work here that they see almost every day on campus," said Elaine DePetro, a senior graphic design major from Pittsburgh.
This year is the first time the college is holding the show case alongside their high school art competition.
"It's a good experience for them to see what a college atmosphere is like, within the art community," said Jada Bisset, a junior graphic design major.
More than 200 high school students submitted their art.
Zorian Misner, a senior at Robert C. Byrd High School, won the high school showcase last year. He said, "It's really kind of an honor that they would want my art alongside people who have had a lot more experience."
The high schoolers will be judged for their art and can win different scholarships.
"It motivates me to improve my craft and inspires me to aspire to be as good as others," said David Hooper, another Robert C. Byrd student.
All of the students are excited to share their art with the community, their family, and friends.
"They've worked really hard so it's great for them to celebrate and see the fruits of their labor," said Robert Howsare, the art department chair at WVWC.
The free event is tomorrow from 4 pm - 7 pm at McCuskey Hall. College art will be displayed on the hallway of the main floor, while the high school art will be displayed in the Sleeth Gallery. High school awards will start at 6:30.
If you miss it, the artwork will be on display until the dorms close for winter break on December 12.