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Eco-Art Festival


Saturday, April 10, 2010

St. Louis Community College hosted its second annual Eco-Art Festival on Saturday, April 10, 2010. As a “green campus” STLCC-Wildwood exemplifies the college’s belief that it has a special obligation to increase awareness, knowledge and skills needed to ensure a sustainable environment for present and future generations. The college hosted this free event to extend its focus on “green living” to the St. Louis Community.

Visitors to the exhibit had the opportunity to interact with notable eco-artists from the St. Louis area and discover how they create their work. People of all ages enjoyed making their own pieces of artwork during the afternoon. 

high school art Exhibition

The Eco-Art festival featured a juried high school art exhibit with submissions of 2 or 3 dimensional art work that spoke to an environmental consciousness in either the theme of the artwork or materials used in its creation. Participating students were from Eureka, Lafayette, Marquette, and Pacific High Schools.


Jeffrey Sippel served as the Juror for the high school student exhibit component of the Festival. Jeffrey Sippel is a printmaker whose work has been featured in seventeen solo exhibitions and over 200 group exhibitions over the course of a twenty-five year career. Sippel's work is represented in public collections on three continents including the Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris, Smithsonian National Museum of Art in Washington DC, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri and the University of Capetown, South Africa. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Sippel studied at the Tamarind Institute of the University of New Mexico from 1977 to 1979, where he was certified as a master printer. He completed his Master of Fine Arts at Arizona State University in 1980. From 1988 to 1998 he was Assistant Professor and Education Director of Tamarind Institute. He is currently Associate Professor and BFA Coordinator at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Sippel's expertise in traditional lithography and waterless lithography has led him to lecture and lead workshops at printmaking symposia throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe, South America, South Africa and India.

Professor Sippel chose three overall awards from the exhibitors. There was also a first, second and third place prize for each high school. Each of the top artists was awarded a beautiful leaf sculpture created with recycled glass in keeping with the theme of the event and a cash award. High school prize winners received custom medals with the event's logo and engraved ribbons. In addition to Professor Sippel's selections, visitors to the event voted for their favorite piece of art and awarded a People's Choice Award. All of the artists were invited to a special VIP and Awards Ceremony during which the award winners were recognized. Also attending the event were Tim Woether, Mayor of the City of Wildwood, Sheila Steelman, Community Development Director of the City of Pacific, Dr. Craig Larson, Superintendent of the Rockwood School District, Katy Mike Smaistrla, Education Coordinator of the Earthways Center, and art instructors from the participating high schools.

A slide show of the award winning pieces of art is available.