El Dorado High School will host a special reception to recognize the winners of the Metamorphosis: Trash to Treasure art contest on April 23 at the International Museum of Art.
The contest, which is part of the It’s Your World community art project, asked participants to create art work with recycled material and help raise awareness about environmental conservation. More than 440 art submissions ranging in four different category levels — elementary, middle, high school, and adults — were submitted; of those 116 pieces were selected to be part of the art show. The art show was open to members of the El Paso, Juarez and Las Cruces community.
Candace Printz, art teacher at the school and event organizer, said she was impressed with the art work and grateful to have such a great number of diverse artists participate in the event.
“This has been a great learning process for me and my students,” Printz said. “We have grown artistically and have become like a family working together to make this event successful. We are really invested in this and grateful that the community came forward to participate. I hope it continues next year.”
The gallery will be open to the public from 1-4 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Prior to the gallery viewing, art show winners will have a private showing with Chelsea Clinton. She visited El Dorado High School last school year to honor Printz for winning the Its Your World community project contest sponsored by Barnes & Noble.
Clinton told Printz and El Dorado High School that she would return for the opening of the art show.
Winners of the art contest will earn cash-value prizes, and have their artwork showcased at the International Museum of Art until May 3. The art will continue to be displayed in Juarez and Las Cruces in separate showings. Several art pieces will be for sale. Artists will donate 50 percent of their proceeds to local non-profit organizations such as the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition (CDEC), the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Humane Society of El Paso.
The opening reception will include refreshments and live music. El Dorado students will display statistics and data of items they found in the area deserts during their clean-up project. They created art work with the items they found. The Environmental Services Department will give a presentation about items that can and cannot be recycled, and non-profit organizations will have informational booths.
What: El Dorado High School art contest Metamorphosis: Trash to Treasure opening reception, art showing with Chelsea Clinton
Who: El Dorado students, art contest winners, Chelsea Clinton, local non-profits, community members, sponsors and donors, SISD administration, faculty
Where: International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana Ave.
When: Sunday, April 23, 2017 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. private party with Chelsea Clinton
1:30 p.m. awards ceremony
1-4 p.m. opening reception, open to the public