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Annual Metro Art Youth Exhibit Kicks Off Friday
More than 1,000 pieces by APS middle and high school students are included in the exhibit that continues through March 30.
The annual APS Metro Youth Art Exhibit featuring the work of high school and middle school students kicks off Friday, March 1, with an awards ceremony from 5-7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Gallery at Expo New Mexico (the state fairgrounds). More than 1,000 pieces will be included in the show, which runs through Saturday, March 30.
The professionally juried exhibit features student artwork from all APS high schools and a dozen or so middle schools. The 18 categories of juried high school work range from ceramics and computer-generated art to printmaking and watercolor.
Jurors are professional artists with experience and expertise in their particular medium. Students will receive ribbons, cash awards and gift certificates. In addition, the city of Albuquerque Public Art Program will continue its tradition of purchasing several pieces from the show to become part of the city’s permanent public art collection.
Although work is not for sale at the Metro Exhibit, pieces from this show will be selected for A is for Art!, the district’s annual live and silent auction fundraiser for the Fine Arts program. This year’s A is for Art event, sponsored by the APS Education Foundation, will be held on Friday, Sept. 20 at Hotel Albuquerque.
Gallery hours for this year’s Metro Youth Art Exhibit are from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. on weekends. The gallery is closed on Mondays. Student music ensembles from APS high schools will perform in the gallery each weekend during the exhibit.
Admission to the Fine Arts Gallery is free. Paid parking is available at Expo New Mexico.
The first-place winners for this year’s shows are:
- Nicole Taylor, a senior at Sandia, for ceramics
- Sara Martinez, a senior at Sandia, for ceramic sculpture
- Phillip Blackfoot, a junior at Del Norte, for commercial illustration
- Taylor Mills, a senior at Volcano Vista, for computer-generated art
- Abdiel Beltran-Lopez, a sophomore at Volcano Vista, for drawing
- Chloe Jehle, a junior at Albuquerque High, for fine craft
- Tatum Blankely, a senior at Sandia, for jewelry
- Nichole James, a junior at La Cueva, for mixed media
- Nicole Taylor, a senior at Sandia, for mixed media sculpture
- Maddie Lesnewich, a senior at La Cueva, for painting
- Merry Hospelhorn, a junior at Sandia, for pastel
- Natch Anantachaisilp, a senior at Cibola, for digital photography
- Jonas Weckschmied, a junior at Albuquerque High, for digital photograph-special techniques
- Veronica Martin, a senior at Sandia, for non-digital photography-special techniques
- Arthur Trujillo, a junior at La Cueva, for silver print photography
- Nichole James, a senior at La Cueva, for printmaking
- Korie McAfee, a senior at Volcano Vista, for watercolor.
The city purchases include:
- painting by Ibrahim Dominguez, a senior at Volcano Vista
- print by Nicole James, a senior at La Cueva
- mixed media by Martin Patterson, a junior at West Mesa
- mixed media sculpture by Nicole Taylor, a senior at Sandia
- digital photograph by Justine Solan, a senior at Eldorado.
A $1,000 scholarship from the UNM College of Fine Arts will be awarded to Shaelin Jornigan, a senior at Cibola.