Cloud County To Host Annual High School Art Show


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Cloud County Community College’s annual high school Art Show will be Friday, April 7, in Arley Bryant Gymnasium on the Concordia campus.

Students from area high schools will have various pieces of artwork on display in the gymnasium. The public is welcome, free of charge, to view the pieces from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The public will also have the opportunity to vote for the Viewer’s Choice award.

Throughout the morning, students will participate in breakout sessions that will include a sidewalk chalk competition, digital photography, ceramics, logos and graphic design, collage painting, and wheat weaving. Workshop instructors will be Todd Leif, Kathy Schmitz, Cody Schmitz, Ryan Boyer, and Dianne Gardner.

During the art show, categories that will be judged include painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, digital and traditional photography, ceramics, mixed media, sculpture, textiles, and the sidewalk chalk art. A new event this year will be a high school video and yearbook competition. In addition to the Viewer’s Choice award, trophies will be awarded for first, second and third places, as well as a Best in Show piece.

Judges for the art show will be art professors from area colleges: Lori Wright, Kansas Wesleyan; Michaela Groeblacher, McPherson College; and Allen Craven, Fort Hays State University.

Winners of all competitions will be announced in Cook Theatre beginning at 1:00.

Schools invited to participate in the art show are Chase, Solomon, Blue Valley, USD 223 (Barnes, Hanover and Linn), Clay County, Rock Hills, North Ottawa, Concordia, Salina Public, Herington, Vermillion, Marysville, Republic County, Twin Valley, Southern Cloud, Pike Valley, Ellis, Southeast of Saline, Beloit, and Washington County.

For more information about the art show, contact Brian White at or at 1-800-729-5101, ext. 326.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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