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Iowa City West High Student Selected to Receive Artist Commission from Toyota of Iowa City

By April 24, 2019 No Comments

summer of the artsIowa City West junior Rong Zhou (Selina) Hua  has been selected by Toyota of Iowa City and Summer of the Arts to have an original painting commissioned as part of the Creating a Legacy of Local Artists competition sponsored by Toyota of Iowa City. Now in its third year, this collaboration encourages local Johnson County, Iowa, youth to consider a career in the arts. The selected artist receives $3,000 for their original artwork and will also be featured at the Iowa Arts Festival.

When asked how she got started as an artist and why she wants to pursue a career in the arts, Hua shared: “I first got into the arts when I was in first grade in China. When I came to America in 2nd grade, I couldn’t speak English and there was culture shock. The only thing that connected me with the other students was my art. As I grew up, I realized that I wanted to use my art to make an impact. Now I want to share my story to connect other kids with similar experiences.”

Hua is developing an inspirational piece for a watercolor painting which will be unveiled on Friday, May 31st at 6:45 PM on the Iowa Arts Festival Main Stage.  On Saturday and Sunday, attendees can view the piece in the Emerging Artist Pavilion at the corner of Washington and Linn Streets. Following the festival, the piece will be displayed at Toyota of Iowa City.

Previous selected local artists include Kate Goodvin of City High in 2018 and Hannah Song of The University of Iowa in 2017. Toyota of Iowa City is committed to the arts in our community and also sponsors the Friday Night Concert Series. The competition is open to Johnson County youth age 16 – 25.

Summer of the Arts produces the Iowa Arts Festival sponsored by Veridian Credit Union, Iowa City Jazz Festival sponsored by the UICCU, Friday Night Concert Series sponsored by Toyota of Iowa City, Free Movie Series sponsored by Urban Acres Real Estate and UICCU, and the Soul & Blues Festival sponsored by MidWestOne Bank.

The mission of Summer of the Arts is to build community by bringing people
together in the heart of Iowa City to experience, learn about, and
enjoy free arts and cultural programs.


CONTACT: Lisa Barnes

Executive Director

Phone: 319-337-7944