By Kristen McLaughlin

Have you noticed the new art displayed on campus this week?

The walls and hallways in the Avery Building at the Texas State University Round Rock Campus are adorned with many art forms, varying from sculptures to paintings. The art will be featured during the fourth annual Imagine event Friday, Feb. 24, from 7 – 9:30 p.m. in the Avery Building.

“I personally love the energy from the arts community and the excitement from the community to meet and talk to the artists about their work,” said Imagine 2012 Chair Kris Whitfield.

Imagine 2012 encompasses performances by local symphonies, theatre groups and local musicians. In addition, visual artists are also celebrated and honored through the display of their work in the Avery building. Imagine is organized by the Round Rock Area Arts Council. The event is free, but donations are encouraged at the door.

Whitfield said the main goals of the event are to feature local artists of many different mediums, whether in visual or performing arts; and to encourage, enhance and support the arts community in the greater Round Rock area and to encourage more arts-related activities in the area.

This year’s event features 46 paintings, 36 photos and 18 3D entries. One unique aspect of this year’s art entries is that more 3D pieces and sculptures are on display than ever before.

The event will include a VIP reception for those who reserve a spot. One change from previous years is that the VIP reception will be at the St. David’s School of Nursing, next door to the Avery Building. The art council is introducing a new Public Art Project at the reception and unveiling a prototype of a bronze sculpture of Dr. Robert Peters with his dog, Honey Bear. Peters was one of the first doctors in Round Rock, and has been recognized for his achievements. Entry to the VIP reception is $250 per couple.

The artists at the event will be judged in a contest. The winners will be announced at approximately 7 p.m. in the teaching theatre of the Avery Building. The art council will also be awarding arts grants to local organizations in Round Rock. The group created a matching grant of $5,000 with Atmos Energy, and all of the funds will be given to art groups.

For more information, visit http://roundrockarts.org/imagine.php or e-mail kris@roundrockarts.com. Students will have the chance to enjoy the visual art the rest of the school semester, Whitfield said, as it is slated to be displayed until May.

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