College Art Day

College Art Day Brings High School Students to CWU


ELLENSBURG, Wash. — High school students from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho flocked to Central Washington University for College Art Day on October 22. College Art Day is a new CWU program that introduces high school students to working in an art studio while also building interest in the university’s art program.

CWU Art Department Chair Gregg Schlanger developed College Art Day as a means to recruit new art students. He coordinated similar projects at Austin Peay State University in Austin, Tennessee, where he taught for nearly two decades before coming to CWU.

“In starting this process, I thought we would be doing well if we had 20 students our first year. Now I’m thinking we’re going to have closer to 80,” says Schlanger.

College Art Day will offer a variety of art activities, free of charge, to students, parents, and teachers. The day will include two, 2-hour studio sessions. During each session, participants may join one of eight offered workshops exploring a specific genre of art.

The workshops, led by CWU Art Department faculty and graduate students, will provide all supplies necessary to create a piece of art relevant to their topic. Parents and teachers are welcome to participate in the workshops as well, providing everyone with a chance to become acquainted with members of CWU’s Art Department.

College Art Day will take place on the Saturday before finals week, ensuring that event attendees will receive a rich and memorable experience as they mingle with current students working on final projects.

Also scheduled for College Art Day are a cookout dinner with art students and faculty and informational sessions covering CWU’s art programs, opportunities, financial aid, and housing.

For more information about College Art Day, contact Gregg Schlanger, 509-963-2670, or e-mail