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WNCC Seeks More Local Art for Gallery

July 02, 2013

Western Nebraska Community College invites panhandle artists to submit original artwork to be included in the 2nd Annual Art Gallery Exhibit taking place on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the John N. Harms Advanced Technology Center in Scottsbluff.  Artwork may be submitted now through September 1.  The exhibit will be held in conjunction with the Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours and WNCC's annual homecoming event, Celebrate WNCC. 

On October 17, in addition to the gallery exhibit, the WNCC Alumni Committee will conduct a live and silent auction entitled "PAWsterity."  Artists are invited to submit "Cougar inspired artwork" to be auctioned at the event.  Half of the proceeds from the PAWsterity auction will benefit the WNCC Foundation and the other half will be given to the artist.  Uniquely decorated life-size wooden cougar carvings designed by the WNCC Student Organizations will also be put up for auction, which the public is invited to attend.      

Last year, at the inaugural gallery opening and artists' reception, 27 artists were featured and 89 pieces composed the exhibit.  At the gallery opening, the public was invited to cast their ballot for the People's Choice Award.  The top honor was a photograph by then-15-year-old Ethan Nelson of Dalton, NE, titled, "Rinse Cycle."  The Honorable Mention honoree was Maria Lena Soto of Gering with her oil painting, "Doodles."  

Several years ago, WNCC hosted workshops for artists and entrepreneurs in support of National Entrepreneur WeekUSA, and in one of the workshops it was suggested that the Harms Advanced Technology Center be a showcase of the local talent that exists in our region.  Judy Amoo, dean for economic and community development, supported this idea.  "Thousands of people enter our facility each year, and this is an opportunity for WNCC to proudly recognize the breadth of artistic talent in our communities and to support the arts as well as the artists.  We're one step closer to realizing an entrepreneurial renaissance," said Amoo.  

Since the gallery opening last year, seven pieces have sold and at least five additional pieces have been commissioned.  If you are interested in having your art considered for the exhibit, please contact Amoo at 308.635.6702 or  There is no entry fee.