The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 29, 2013

Artist in Residency Program at Midd-West High School


The Daily Item

— MIDDLEBURG — An upcoming program will take place in the art classroom at Midd-West High School. For the past three years, the art students have had the opportunity to partner with the Perry County Council of the Arts (PCCA) to host an Artist in Residency Program. The program is funded partially by the PCCA and then the school is responsible for the other portion. In years past, students have helped with fund raisers to fund the program. Last school year, a grant was received as well as a donation from Dave Middleswarth, of Middleswarth Chip. This year’s residency is funded by a donation from the seniors who graduated in May 2013. They unanimously decided that they wanted to give their senior class gift to the Artist in Residency Program.  

This year’s residency will be held Dec. 9-20. The PCCA has hired Dirk Shearer, a versatile illustrator, designer, and teaching artist. As a commercial artist he’s provided logos and advertising for nationally-known and independent companies, produced artwork for Disney and other licensed entities, conceptual artwork for Martin Library and the Bond Building of York, illustrated chapter illustrations for Conspiracy Of The Planet Of The Apes among other books, created comics for both independent and well-known publishers, and a mural for the new Olivia’s House in Hanover, He teaches classes and private lessons, volunteers in non-profit events and charities, and referees for flat track roller derby. Shearer received his bachelor of fine arts degree from Columbus College Of Art & Design in 2004.