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Columbia College to host the 29th Annual Paper in Particular national art competition

Columbia, Mo. - The 29th Annual Paper in Particular, a national art competition featuring compositions on paper or composed of paper, will be open for exhibition Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Larson Gallery on the Columbia College campus.

The exhibition showcases photography, painting, watercolor, prints, lithographs, drawings and many other compositions. The opening ceremony and reception will take place from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 3, in the gallery. Nearly 100 pieces will be on display in the gallery from Feb. 3-March 2.

Ben Cameron, professor of art at Columbia College, said the show is a unique event. "Other colleges in the area rent shows and do student shows, but there is nothing like a national competition," he said. Cameron helped launch the show and has overseen its production since its inception. Each year, Cameron said the competition receives as many as 1,200 pieces from nearly 400 entrants (each entrant may enter as many as three pieces), many of whom are art faculty and graduate students. "We receive entries from every state, and we've even received entries from England, Australia and Canada," he said. "People know Columbia College for this competition."

Columbia College, a private institution founded in 1851, serves 25,000 students worldwide.