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Art piece from past Art Extravaganza

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Art piece from past Art Extravaganza

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Art piece from past Art Extravaganza

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Patton College to host Art Extravaganza Monday

Federal Hocking Local School District to showcase art


The Patton College of Education will host its sixth annual Art Extravaganza from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 7, in the McCracken Hall lobby.

This year the event will be showcasing the artistic talents of students from the Federal Hocking Local School District. The open house will mainly display paintings and drawings constructed by the students to further build their education.

"The earlier we can get kids to the college and see what the college is about and build that relationship, the more likely that they're going to return to college," said Mark Brunton, communications and design manager. "We're not necessarily saying we want all of them to come to Ohio University, but we're trying to open the door to higher education for a lot of these kids that may not ever get the chance to step foot on campus."

The art will hang in McCracken until November when it will be auctioned. Half of the money going toward a piece will go to the artist and the other half will be used to buy art supplies for the school district.

"There's the tangible aspect of they're getting money, then there's the aspect of building self-esteem because their artwork is being seen and appreciated. Also there's the educational aspect for the students to see college," said Brunton.

The art teachers of the school district are asked to make a wish list that the event will help fulfill. The past two years have broken records, raising approximately $1,500 total.  

"This event has gown over the years," said Brunton. "It's aligning with the Patton College's mission of community outreach and also reflects the vision of Miss Violet Patton -- to connect education with art.