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SE students to use chalk, sidewalks for art competition

By Rema Atiya/se news editor

Drawing with sidewalk chalk on the cement outside SE Campus is the intention of Chalk About It, an event created for students to show their artistic expressions while decorating the ground outside.

The history of sidewalk chalk art dates back to the 16th century madonnari, or street painters, and this tradition has since become a global medium for artists of all ages and skills, said Brett Dyer, a SE Campus art instructor.

Chalk About It 2010 is an exciting event designed to celebrate the creativity of SE students and promote the importance of public art,” Dyer said.

The third annual event happens 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 29 at the front entrance to the E-wing on SE Campus.

“The campus will become an artist’s canvas and a place for audiences to watch works of art being created right before their eyes,” he said.

Interested students must register through Dyer in ESEC 1303A or Christopher Blay in ESEC 1303B.

Registration runs through April 27 and costs $5 for individuals, $8 for a team of two and $10 for a group of three or more.

All chalk and pastels for the competition will be provided to participants with payment of the entry fee.

However, individuals, teams and groups are permitted to bring extra sidewalk chalk or chalk pastels at their own expense.

Any outside chalk or chalk pastels must be approved by faculty at check-in.

“No props such as stools, chairs, etc., will be allowed in the competition area,” Dyer said. “But participants are encouraged and allowed to use small cushions, knee and elbow pads.”

Participants are welcome to show school/club spirit, political or social support/commentary, tributes toward other artists or artworks or original personal expression, he said.

Four different winners in the competition will receive a scholarship: $200 for first place, $175 for second place, $125 for third place and a $100 Bookstore gift card for an honorable mention.

Students can check in from 30 minutes before the competition starts until 2 p.m. Awards will be announced April 30 as part of the Arbor Day festivities, Dyer said.

“This experience has been amazing the last two years I have sponsored it. It is nice to get outside and create,” he said.

“I am glad a little idea for one of my drawing classes three years ago has turned into an outstanding, annual campuswide event for the SE students to look forward to.“

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