The Augustana High School Art Invitational

Ryanna Washegesic animal street

Ryanna Washegesic, Animal Street

Event Details


Date: January 11 - January 27, 2021

Times: M-F, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 1-4 p.m.

Location: Eide/Dalrymple Gallery

Ticket Info: Free to the public

Fifty-two high school art students from 11 regional schools will display their talents at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana University this month. The exhibition will be on view from January 11, through January 27.  A wide range of mediums will be exhibited, including ceramics, drawing, digital photography, mixed media, painting and printmaking. A virtual awards reception will take place on Friday, January 22, via zoom. The virtual event open at 7 p.m. and the awards ceremony begins at 7:15 p.m. Click here to join the Virtual Awards Reception (Meeting ID: 955 3615 8757
 -- Passcode: 624764)

The annual Augustana High School Invitational has been a long-standing tradition at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, celebrating what is currently being produced by our region’s high school art students. Art teachers from around the region were invited to select up to three works produced by their students in the past year.  Although this past year has been one of disruption and stress, this exhibition celebrates the resilience of our region’s art teachers and students. These high school artists and their mentors found ways to continue to produce art through periods of virtual learning and quarantine. 


Augustana High School Invitational 2021


Art can provide a sense of belonging and healing.

“When Covid hit last March, art was such a therapy for my students,” states Lincoln High School art teacher Susan Waagmeester. “They felt like they had no control over what was happening around them, and art was their outlet both emotionally and sometimes physically too; it helped keep them grounded and gave them a sense of community.”

Waagmeester further notes, “Being able to show their work and expose their feelings helps ALL of us deal with what life throws at us and helps us heal.” 

The high school artists’ work explores a wide range of materials and subject matter that pulls us forward from our pandemic present to a brighter future. 

The exhibition will be juried by members of the Augustana Art Department, who will be making awards of art supplies at the virtual gallery reception and awards ceremony on Friday, January 22. High school artists can also participate in a portfolio review to compete for Augustana pro artis scholarships, worth up to $8,000 over four years.

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is open and free to the public, masks and social distancing required, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.

Participating Schools and Teachers:

Baltic High School: Debra Plagge

Brandon Valley High School: Amy Kasten and Chad Nelson
Canton High School: Andra Guzzo
Colman-Egan High School: Debra Plagge
Harrisburg High School: Tracy Bird
Lincoln High School: Susan Waagmeester and Sarah Winterscheidt
O’Gorman High School: Patrick Frankman and Alex Robey
Roosevelt High School: Al Costanzo, Lisa Dresch and Erin Nguyen
T.F. Riggs High School, Pierre: Jill Kokesh
Washington High School: Jared Hulstine and Mollie Lage-Potter
Worthington High School: Gail Holinka and Heather Knigge