The art exhibition currently in McPherson College's Friendship Hall features photos of morphing eyes, a pencil sketch of chess piece with a magical shadow, and intricate geometric paper constructions. Each of the more than 70 pieces was created by a young student artist at McPherson High School.
The annual high school artist exhibition at the college's professional-quality gallery has become a decades-long tradition.
To find the origin, one has to cast back 40 years to Professor Mary Ann Robinson at McPherson College. Her purpose behind beginning the exhibit was to give local high school students the beneficial experience of presenting their work to a wide and diverse audience.
The show has become standard for every November.
Wayne Conyers, professor of art, has said everyone involved and people from the community have come to expect the exhibit every year.
“It's amazing the number of people who really enjoy it,” Conyers has said of the traditional exhibition. “It helps the college stay connected with local schools.”
The works will be on display in McPherson College's Friendship Hall 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Nov. 20.