The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 11, 2013

Midd-West Arts Residency

The Daily Item

— MIDDLEBURG — Midd-West High School hosts its fourth art residency program made possible by a donation from the 2013 graduate class. From Dec. 9-20, the Midd-West School District and art teacher Tracey Mitchell welcome visiting artist Dirk Shearer, of Spring Grove, for a 10-day arts residency program. Shearer specializes in illustration and design. He will be educating and instructing ninth through twelfth grade art students on the creation of several large, multi-panel comics. The large-format graphics will be displayed in the school to be enjoyed and admired by current and future students, parents, and faculty.

Illustration artist Dirk Shearer is a 2004 graduate of Columbus College of Art & Design with a bachelor of fine arts in illustration. He has created work for Archaia Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting, Pottery Barn, Spencer Gifts, Image Comics, York Wallcoverings, YRK Magazine, Ames True Temper, and more.

In addition to a contribution by the Midd-West Class of 2013, this arts residency was made possible with funding support from many different entities. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts granted funds through its Regional Partner, the Perry County Council of the Arts, which coordinates and evaluates arts residencies in seven Central PA counties. PCCA has also contributed funds donated by American Sentinel Insurance, Davis Vision, DuMor, Inc., Eichelbergers, Inc., First National Bank of Mifflintown, First National Bank of Pennsylvania, PNC Bank, Riverview National Bank, and Orrstown Bank through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program.

For more information, contact Perry County Council of the Arts’ Art-in-Education Coordinator Amy Reed at 717-567-7023.