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Springtime brings the District Visual Art Shows

The department of Visual and Performing Arts announces the annual Richland One Visual Arts Shows! This annual art exhibit, which will be held at Tapp’s Art Center, a professional art gallery and performance space, showcases the best student art work from the current school year!

Student artwork from all Richland One middle and high schools is on display at the Secondary Arts Show from March 8 – 21, with an award ceremony on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. All students, teachers, administrators, friends and family are invited to view the exhibits and join us for the awards ceremonies!

Following the Secondary Art Show, all are welcome to attend the Elementary Art Show, which runs from March 23rd through April 4th, 2017, with an award ceremony on Tuesday, April 4th at 6:00 p.m.

Again, all students, teachers, administrators, friends and family are invited to view the art work and attend the awards ceremonies!

The exhibits are judged and awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places and honorable mentions. Additionally, one piece of art from each school will be chosen for the Permanent Art Collection. The student winner will receive a special art gift in exchange for donating their chosen work to be professionally matted and framed. The artwork will then begin a one-year rotation within the administrative offices of Richland One. At the end of the year, the artwork is returned to the school of origin to be permanently displayed in that school’s permanent art collection.

To top this off, the McAndrew Visual Arts awards will be announced at the awards ceremonies. Mrs. Doris McAndrew created an award and scholarship program for young visual artists in Richland One in memory of her daughter, Regan and later, her husband, Gordon McAndrew. Both had a profound influence on art and education in Richland One. Mrs. McAndrew’s generosity enables young developing artists to pursue their artistic skills by allowing them the opportunity to purchase art supplies or classes by offering an elementary award of $100, a middle school award of $200, and a high school award of $300.

Please plan to meet us at Tapp’s!



More about the McAndrew Award…


Gordon McAndrew served as Superintendent of Richland One from 1979-1986. He was hailed as a “class act” upon his resignation from the district in 1986. When he arrived, Dr. McAndrew pledged better student achievement and improved physical facilities in the district. His legacies, on both counts, especially the former, were major pluses of his administration. His commitment to the development of programs for gifted and talented students was noteworthy, as was the establishment of incentive programs that provided monetary rewards to individual schools whose students showed consistent improvement on basic skills tests. He died at the age of 64 on November 9, 1990.


Doris and Gordon’s daughter, Regan McAndrew was born in Oakland, California in 1955. Her premature death in 1984, at the age of 29, from injuries due to an automobile accident, ended a career many viewed as most promising. Considered a very talented and gifted student, Regan McAndrew entered the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts at the age of 16. She was known as an expert printmaker, and her works have been shown extensively. In the short span of her artistic life, she left a body of work consisting of over 300 pieces


It is in her memory, as well as Dr. Gordon McAndrews’ memory, in which the Richland One Gordon and Regan McAndrew Visual Art Awards are given each year.