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Local high school students compete in art competition at Medicine Hat College

February 11, 2016

Four local high schools, over 50 submissions, and three prizes being awarded; these are numbers that Dean Smale, coordinator for Medicine Hat College’s visual communications program, is excited about.

“We wanted a way to engage with students who are passionate about art. We also wanted to work closely with local educators to learn more about what is being taught in the classrooms,” says Smale. “So we approached the instructors from Hat High, McCoy, Crescent Heights and Eagle Butte to see if their students wanted to be involved in a fun challenge. We didn’t know what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised when over 50 submissions came in.”

These projects are currently on display in the One on One Gallery at the Cultural Centre until February 26, 2016. On Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. a reception will be held where first, second and third place will be awarded.

“The criteria for submissions was wide-open, we left all of that up to their instructors, so needless to say there is definitely a variety of projects in our gallery. Our visual communications students will be in attendance that evening, so we are hopeful that this provides some organic opportunities for everyone to talk about their passion for the arts,” says Smale.

Smale is excited to host the reception in their new space and to have the college and high school students under the same roof.

“We have a beautiful facility so we are excited to share it with the arts community,” says Smale. “We are always looking at ways to partner with local educators, especially when it provides students the opportunity to expand themselves and put their hard work on display.”

If you are interested in learning more about the visual communications program or the One on One Gallery visit To speak to Smale about potential partnerships email