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    (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) For high school seniors with an interest in turning their love of art into a career, The Art Institutes is sponsoring a Poster Design Competition, a program which awards tuition scholarships of up to $25,000 to study graphic design at a participating Art Institute location, including The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

    In partnership with the not-for-profit organization Americans for the Arts, The Art Institutes Poster Design Competition is an opportunity for talented young artists at the high school level to study graphic design, earn a degree and launch a professional career in the graphic design field.

    Deadline for entries is February 8, 2008. Judging at the local level will take place by March 28, 2008. National winners will be notified by May 9, 2008. In all, approximately $100,000 in tuition scholarships will be awarded by The Arts Institutes.

    According to Byron Chung, campus president, “For many high school students who love to draw and illustrate, the Poster Design Competition is a scholarship opportunity for prospective students to have a career in a field that they are passionate and excited about.” Now in its fifth year, The Art Institutes Poster Design Competition, “encourages and rewards exceptional young artistic talent and nurtures it in a formal, academic setting.” he says.

    Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, says that “each year since Americans for the Arts has been working with the Art Institutes, we are amazed at the skill level of high school students who enter the competition. Their ability to channel their creativity and love of the visual arts reflects the importance that art plays in the lives of children of all ages.”

    For information on how to enter the Poster Design Competition visit, www.artinstitutes.edu/poster or contact call Melissa Medina-Cosio at 909/915-2109 or toll free to 800/353-0812.

    The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of over 35 locations throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

    Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it has a record of more than 45 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.


    Photo caption: The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire’s Summer Studio program created this poster to represent Inland Agency’s four programs in a unified message. The Summer Studio program gives students the opportunity to find out what its really like to work in the field of graphic arts. “High school seniors interact with clients, create a strategy and then create the campaign to implant the strategy all in a one-week session. We feel it really gives students a great feel for how the design world really works”, said Byron Chung, president of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

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