"Third Grade Clay" to be featured in Coe art galleries

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2010-01-08 08:24:33 - General

More than 1,200 third graders from 22 area elementary schools will display their artwork at Coe College as part of a unique collaboration between the college and the Cedar Rapids Community School District. "Third Grade Clay" runs from Friday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Feb. 7 in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium.

The opening of the exhibit and a reception for the young artists and their families will take place in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, Jan. 22, from 5 - 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend free of charge and refreshments will be served. Regular gallery hours are 3 - 5 p.m. daily beginning on Saturday, Jan. 23, and admission is free. For more information call 399-8581.

For 22 years, "Third Grade Clay" has provided young artists with the opportunity to show three-dimensional work in a professional environment. Generally, the young artists from each elementary craft an individual piece of clay in conjunction with the theme selected by the school, yielding nearly two dozen creative displays.

Coe Gallery Director and Instructor of Art Mariah Dekkenga organizes the event. Dekkenga says that thanks to the talented youngsters and their art teachers, "Third Grade Clay" has become one of the most popular art shows held at the college each year.