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The Art Department promotes scholarship and creative activity by offering numerous academic scholarships, participating in regional, state, and national conferences, and by supporting departmental activity through numerous exhibition opportunities such as the student-run "B" gallery. Twelve scholarships are offered each year with awards that range from the Mary Gillies Johnston Endowment for Art which is given to an upper level student who retains a minimum 3.5 GPA in their major to the Mary K. McIntyre Gorrell Scholarship Award given to exceptional students pursuing a career as an art educator in the public schools. Students also participate in extensive competitions and scholarly conferences. Graphic design students have competed with consistent success in the American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA) Trapeze competition which recognizes the top nine graphic design portfolios the Northwest. In addition design students have been published in the Graphis New Talent Design Annual, an internaional competition identifying the best in student graphic design. Studio majors participate in both regional and national conferences for the Society for Photographic Education, consistently medal in the "Beyond Borders Regional Competition," a juried all media competition involving Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington and California, and complete community service projects such as the designing of the outdoor sculpture collection for the Mercer Island Arts Council. Art history students regularly present at the regional chapter of Architectural Historians and have been selected to present at the University of Washington Art History Symposium, a national competition for art history students. Art education students have presented at the American Education Research Association (AERA), the Washington Art Education Association (WAEA), and are currently producing the first annual pre-service journal in art education.

College of Fine & Performing Arts

March 29, 2006 Western Washington University