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Ohio University-Zanesville hosts Visual and Performing Arts Summer Institute

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (May 14, 2005) -- High school juniors and seniors who have a gift in the visual or performing arts will experience life as a professional artist during the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) summer institute. Professional artists must possess more than talent to be successful in the world of the arts. From business plans to contracts and marketing professional artists know the importance of networking to establish a support system that will help them realize their dream of a career in the arts.

"I am excited to talk with students considering a career in music and to share my experience in the music industry in Hollywood," says David Schubach, vice president of the Professional Musicians Union. The name Schubach is best known for the family business that was part of the Zanesville community for four generations and more than 100 years. Schubach left the area in 1992 to pursue a career in the music industry. He has worked with the Recording Artist Coalition including artists Don Henley, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks and Carole King.

"Having professionals like Schubach share his experience with our talented high school students will help them realize their dreams can come true," explains Dr. Donna Clevinger, associate dean and professor of theatre at Ohio University-Zanesville. She goes on to explain that students who participate in the summer institute will have the opportunity to explore the possibility of earning an associate degree in the arts to jumpstart their professional careers. Other featured artists for the four-day summer institute include Matt Mayle, rhythm and blues artist, theatre professionals from New York, a representative from the Ohio University Gaming Academy and visual artists Gerry Westgerdes and Alan Cottrill. Participants will visit local art studios including Cottrill Studios and The Armory.

To learn how you can become involved with this four-day professional networking opportunity, as a high school participant or as a sponsor, contact Dr. Donna L. Clevinger at (740) 588-1506 or via e-mail at donna.clevinger@ohio.edu.

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