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Posted March 1, 2018

Metro Youth Art Exhibit Open to the Public

More than 1,000 pieces by APS middle and high school students are included in the exhibit that runs through March 11.

Demonstration by student artists at the show opening

The Sid Cutter Pilot’s Pavilion filled with students and teachers eager to share their work with their families and the community on the evening of Feb. 28. Many arrived as to a family reunion, parents shaking hands with their child’s teacher and teachers reconnecting with their colleagues. Much more came expecting to see a display of amateur art, but were instead in awe of the talent, creativity and skill of student artists from across the city.

The Metro Youth Art Exhibit at the Sid Cutter Pilot’s Pavilion at Balloon Fiesta Park is open March 1-11: Thursdays and Fridays from 3-5 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Gina Rasinski, Director of Fine Arts at Albuquerque Public Schools said, “What makes the Metro Youth Exhibit extraordinary this year is the incredible talent of these students and I think that if you are here you are pleasantly surprised at the quality of the work.” 

Renee Gallegos, Secondary Arts Manager with the APS Fine Arts Department said that guests will "see wonderful students, their creativity, and their ability to use the media well. They are able to express themselves and present to the public to show themselves in their best format.”

The Metro Youth Art Exhibit is an annual showing of middle and high school student artwork that is sponsored by the APS Fine Arts program with support from the APS Education Foundation. Works of art are first judged by professional artists and then installed in a multi-media display. Just over 1,000 pieces are on display from across the district this year.

Perry Heimer, photography teacher at Manzano High School who had many students taking home awards from this year’s exhibit, said it’s important for people to visit the exhibit because “It is just great artwork. It supports the kids and the art teachers. We really don’t do this city-wide, and anyone can participate.”

Metro Coordinator Bethe Sailer said, “People need to come out to see Metro because it is the best culmination of art in town. You will see 18 different categories, everything from jewelry to photography to painting to sculpture – this is the place to be.” She added, “This is a lot of work, a ton of work, but we have a great team. On behalf of everyone who worked hard to get this exhibit up we want to thank our donors, including our Merit Award donors, and our judges for contributing and making this an important event for our students.”

Mariah Quigley, senior at La Cueva High School, won first and third place in the painting category and provided one of the many student artist demonstrations to guests before the beginning of the evening’s award ceremony. She said, “I just think it’s really important for expression. I think it’s important that we have materials and resources for art. We have a great teacher, Ms. McCoy, and it’s my favorite class.”

Student artist Blanca Banuelos of Del Norte High School said of art classes offered in schools, “I feel this is a way to get rid of anxiety, stress or just simply get away from everything and just express yourself through your art.”

The Metro Youth Art Exhibit at the Sid Cutter Pilot’s Pavilion at Balloon Fiesta Park is open March 1-11: Thursdays and Fridays from 3-5 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Top Awards

UNM Scholarship
Amber Price, VVHS
Nora Vanesky, MHS

City of Albuquerque Gordon Church Public Art Program Purchase Award
Tessa Dallo, Sandia High School, Drawing
Daniel Garcia, AHS, Digital Photograph

Ist Place Winners

  • Ceramics:  Hannah Smith, 11th grade, VVHS
  • Ceramic Sculpture:  Sierra Bencomo, 12th grade, RGHS
  • Commercial Illustration:  Mason Porch, 9th grade, LCHS
  • Digital Film:  Vanessa Morales, 10th grade, VHS
  • Drawing:  Gianina Revels, 12th grade, SHS
  • Fine Craft:  Morgan Nakai, 11th grade, MHS
  • Jewelry:  Angelique Yannoni, 12th grade, AHS
  • Mixed Media:  Robert Lutz, 11th grade, LCHS
  • Mixed Media Sculpture:  Garion Powell, 12th grade, SHS
  • Painting:  Mariah Quigley, 12th grade, LCHS
  • Pastel:  Jake Paolo Romero, 12th, DNHS
  • Photo, Digital:  Dominik Felt, 12th grade, EHS
  • Photo, Digital Special Techniques:  Lien Tang, 12th grade, MHS
  • Photo, Non-Digital Special Techniques:  Ciarra Gonzales, 11th grade, SHS
  • Photo, Silver Print:  Nathaniel Rose, 12th grade, SHS
  • Printmaking:  Maja Klein, 11th grade, AHAHS
  • Watercolor:  Jacqueline Yanez, 11th grade, HHS

Student Choice Winners

  • Ceramics:  Jade Ward, 12th grade, LCHS
  • Ceramic Sculpture:  Camille Griego, 10th grade, VVHS
  • Commercial Illustration:  Mariah Quigley, 12th grade, WMHS
  • Computer Generated Art:  Celina Leos, 11th grade, SHS
  • Digital Film:  Santana Vigil, 10th grade, MHS
  • Drawing:  Tjaden Hilts, 10th grade, FHS
  • Fine Craft:  Morgan Nakai, 11th grade, MHS
  • Jewelry:  Angelique Yannoni, 12th grade, AHS
  • Mixed Media:  Jennifer Harned, 11th grade, LCHS
  • Mixed Media Sculpture:  Elmer Ramos, 12th grade, RGHS
  • Painting:  Claire Benton, 11th grade, AHS
  • Pastel:  Blanca Nauelos, 12th grade, DNHS
  • Photography: Digital Special Techniques:  Lien Tang, 12th grade, MHS
  • Photography: Non-Digital Special Techniques:  Ciarra Gonzales, 11th grade, SHS
  • Photography:  Digital:  Dominik Felt, 12th grade, EHS
  • Photography:  Silver Print:  Nathaniel Rose, 12th grade, SHS
  • Printmaking:  Maja Klein, 11th grade, AHAHS
  • Watercolor:  Rowan Ortego, 12th grade, AHS

                                                                                                                    

 

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