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Medical school honors Sangamon County student artists

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“My kid could paint that.”
This statement is meant as criticism when uttered by an art museum patron or gallery browser who sees similarities between an exuberant offspring and an abstract master like Pablo Picasso or Jackson Pollock. 
However, “My kid painted that” takes on an air of pride when a parent says it at the Sangamon County Art Exhibit, currently on display in the Medical Library at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.
A closing reception and awards ceremony for more than 70 young artists will be held 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Friday, May 10, at the medical school’s library and auditorium.
The annual exhibition of selected artwork by elementary, middle and high school students is in its 34th year. It is on display on the fourth floor of 801 N. Rutledge St., Springfield, and open to the public during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. 
Students ages 5 to 18 created paintings, sculptures, weaving, pen and ink drawings and mixed media constructions for the exhibit. A jury of current and former arts educators from schools in Sangamon County selected the artwork for recognition.
Elizabeth Marcy, a visual arts educator at Dubois Elementary School in Springfield, coordinates the exhibit. “Our ongoing partnership with the medical school not only provides area students with a public venue to exhibit their talents, but continues to expose staff and residents to the observable stages of adolescent engagement in the creative process,” she said.
Note: Featured students and their schools are listed here.

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