Opening Exhibit: Yates County Student Art Show

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Date(s) - 04/20/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Arts Center of Yates County


Visitors to the Arts Center will get a preview of work being done by a new generation of artists from April 16 to April 28, during the Arts Center’s annual Student Art Show. The two-week exhibit will highlight art created by middle and high school students in Penn Yan, Dundee and Marcus Whitman.

Art teachers in all three districts have been collecting the best work done by their students throughout the year to include in this exhibit. The yearly show generally includes drawing, painting, photography and ceramics as well as some unique and unexpected mediums. In past years students have created work using plastic bottle caps, VHS and packing tape, and other recycled materials to name a few.

Once the exhibit is hung by the district art teachers, the Arts Center recruits professional artists to judge the show, just as professional artists experience at juried art shows. Awards are given for two-dimensional work, three-dimensional work, and photography for all three districts and an overall best of show is also chosen. Thanks to the generosity of the district parent-teacher organizations, winners get cash prizes and are recognized at the exhibit opening, which will be held on Friday, April 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.

“This is really an exciting show,” says Arts Center Executive Director Kris Pearson. “Students get to see their work presented in a professional environment. Parents get to see their student’s work in a different context. Visitors get to see how assignments often stimulate very different creative responses. Artists get to see the new generation of artists.”

The Student Art Show runs from April 16 to April 28. The opening reception is Friday, April 20 from 7- 9 p.m.