The Coutts Museum of Art will hold a public reception Thursday evening for the Butler County High Schools and Butler Community College Student Art Exhibition. There will be viewing from 5 to 8 p.m., as well as on Friday during the downtown First Friday events.

The Coutts Museum of Art will hold a public reception Thursday evening for the Butler County High Schools and Butler Community College Student Art Exhibition.   There will be viewing from 5 to 8 p.m., as well as on Friday during the downtown First Friday events.

All of the high schools in Butler County and art students from Butler Community College were invited to participate in this student art exhibit. Each school was limited to 20 works of art which were selected by the art instructors.  More than 150 students have their work on display.

Awards were given by Exhibition Juror Teresa Leonard. These awards were again made possible in part through funds from the El Dorado Charities Auxiliary.  The Coutts staff thanks them for supporting this project.

The following Butler County schools and instructors are participating in the March 19 – April 13 exhibit:

Andover Central High School – Pat Chambers and Rita Frakes, instructors

Andover Martin High School – Lana Kaylor and D. Fonseca, instructors

Augusta High School – Audra Shelite, instructor

Bluestem High School – Branigun Gomez, instructor

Circle High School – Wendy Tien, instructor

El Dorado High School – Dennis Cantu and Bob Risch, instructors

Rose Hill High School – Ward Hilgers, instructor

Butler Community College – Valerie Haring, Roger Matthews, John Oehm, instructors

“The Coutts Museum proudly displays the work of our area schools and supports the art instructors and students who know the value of art education,” said Rod See, director. “Through this annual exhibit, the Coutts highlights the artistic achievements of Butler County students and emphasizes the value of an arts education in our school system.”

The Coutts Museum of Art is a regional destination art museum that houses more than 1,500 works of art in an historic building. The collection includes Art of the American West, contemporary American, European, and regional Kansas art. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The museum is always free and open to the public.