August 30, 2012

Art on the Hill Ready for Fall Celebration, Sept. 28-29

The third annual Art on the Hill at Rogers State University will feature award-winning art, artist demonstrations, food, live music and family fun during the two-day celebration on Sept. 28-29.

The festival will be held from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 on the RSU campus in Claremore. The event is free and open to the public.

Organized by the university and a committee of volunteers, the art show and sale is this year moving to a fall date to better allow area high school and college students to participate in the event.

Proceeds from the event will benefit scholarships for RSU fine arts students. Last year, through an Art on the Hill sponsorship by Leonard and Kathy Szopinski, three $1,000 Possibilities Scholarships were presented to incoming and returning RSU students.

"Art on the Hill will be a fabulous opportunity for area residents to come enjoy a myriad of artistic and musical experiences on our beautiful campus," said RSU First Lady Peggy Rice, who serves as co-chair of the event committee.

Artwork in a variety of media by artists across northeast Oklahoma will be displayed under tents on the campus lawn in a festival atmosphere. The works will be available for sale.

The art will be judged during the festival by independent judges, and awards will be announced at a ceremony during the festival, said Gary Moeller, RSU art professor and event co-chair.

The event also will feature a free children's art activities with hands-on, "take home" projects for children of all ages, sponsored by the RSU Student Art Association.

Live music will be featured throughout the two-day event, with performances by RSU musical groups, area jazz performers and local bands.

The RSU Theatre Program is scheduled to perform original 10-minute plays during the weekend. Other programming will be announced in the coming weeks.

A commemorative festival poster print, designed by RSU art student Jordan Wong, will be available for sale for $15 starting on Sept. 14.

For more information on the event or to register as a participating artist, visit or call 918-343-7744.