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Posted February 25, 2014

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Winners Selected for Annual Metro Youth Art Exhibit

The show featuring artwork by APS high school and middle school students kicks off with an awards ceremony on Friday, Feb. 28, and runs through March 30 at Expo New Mexico.

Drawing by Abdiel Beltran-Lopez, junior at Volcano Vista

The annual APS Metro Youth Art Exhibit featuring the work of high school and middle school students kicks off Friday, Feb. 28, with an award ceremony from 5-7:15 p.m. at the Fine Arts Gallery at Expo New Mexico (the state fairgrounds). Nearly 2,000 pieces will be included in the show, which runs through Sunday, March 30.

Gallery hours are 3-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. on weekends, closed Mondays.

“The atmosphere on opening night is incredible. Expect a big joyful crowd – last year, more than 400 people attended,” said exhibit coordinator Bethe Sailer.

The professionally juried exhibit is sponsored by the APS Fine Arts program with support from the APS Education Foundation. The art on exhibit is created by APS students in high school fine arts classes. Selected work from middle school students is also displayed at the show.

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 and the APS Education Foundation. This year’s A is for Art! will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Hotel Albuquerque.

The Metro Art Youth Exhibit is juried by professional artists with experience and expertise in their particular medium. In addition, advanced art students selected by their high school art teachers serve as jurors to select one piece in each category to receive the Students’ Choice Award. Ribbons will be given for first through fifth place in each category as well as for honorable mentions.

Some student artists will receive cash awards or gift certificates. The City of Albuquerque Public Arts Program will continue its tradition of purchasing several pieces from the show to become part of the city’s permanent public art collection. One student will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the UNM College of Fine Arts, and Southwestern University of Visual Arts will present tuition awards of $2,000 to three scholarship winners in drawing/computer generated art, sculpture and photography.

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. See the Fine Arts website at www.aps.edu/fine-arts for a schedule of performances.

Gallery admission is free but Expo parking fees apply.

The first-place winners for this year’s shows are:

  • Mixed Media Sculpture: Carly McNett, Sandia
  • Ceramics: Dawnya Nimz, Cibola
  • Ceramic Sculpture: Shannon Jones, Rio Grande
  • Photography - Silver Print: Hyunju Blemel, Eldorado
  • Photography - Non-Digital Special Techniques: Reina Davis, Sandia
  • Photography - Digital Special Techniques: Devon Dotson, Sandia
  • Photography - Digital: Devpm Dotson, Sandia
  • Mixed Media: Alexis Valdez, La Cueva
  • Commercial Illustration: Jonah Hoffman, Eldorado
  • Pastel: Camber Arnhart, Volcano Vista
  • Painting:  Rowan Roberts, Albuquerque High
  • Computer Generated Art: Victoria Cereceses, West Mesa
  • Printmaking: Mateo Cardenas, Sandia
  • Watercolor: Sarah Wirtz, Cibola
  • Drawing: Isaiah Ramos, Atrisco Heritage
  • Jewelry:  Griselda Rodriguez, Albuquerque High
  • Fine Craft: Desiree Kindle, Cibola
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