Madison Ross standing next to her award-winning work entitled Chef: The French Kind. Ross piece was described by juror Moriah Morgan as not just a picture, but a story. (Submitted photo)
ST. MARYS CITY, Md.Talented young artists from St. Marys County schools have a new, local outlet to exhibit their creative works. The Young at Art exhibition, established by the St. Marys College of Maryland Boyden Gallery and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, represents an expansion in the partnership between arts programs at the college and St. Marys County schools. Its purpose is to offer students valuable real-world experience, feedback and recognition from established arts professionals.
It is not just an exhibition, but an educational opportunity to learn about the other side of the creative process, which is sharing the work created, said Cristin Cash, director of the Boyden Gallery. Without such an outlet it is like being a musician and never being able to perform. Cash also spoke about the countys shortlist of opportunities for public showcases of youth art, noting that the only other occasion is the countys annual Youth Art Month.
Starting May 2015, Young at Art will be an annual event at the St. Marys College Boyden Gallery and open for submissions from all St. Marys County school students enrolled in art classes. Cash says the wide pool of submissions, which will go through a preliminary selection process by the schools art teachers before being submitted to the college, will promote inclusivity and diversity. Its going to be selective, Cash notes, thats a part of the real-world process.
A pilot of the exhibitionon display now through May 30is already proving successful. It opened to a well-attended reception held Monday, May 12, in the gallery. Artist and art educator Moriah Morgan of Leonardtown, Md., juried works by artists from Spring Ridge Middle School, Great Mills and St. Marys Ryken High Schools. Selected pieces were divided into categories sixth through eighth, ninth through 10th, and 11th through 12th grades and judged on composition, contrast, technique and creativity.
The following students received the Jurors Award for Outstanding Work:
Sixth through eighth grades
First place: Anna Claire Shevchuck, artwork entitled Charcoal Dog
Second place: Jasmine Berry, artwork entitled Acrylic Daises
Ninth through 10th grades
First place: Sixao Chen, artwork entitled Birdwoman
Second place: Jess Mains, artwork entitled Untitled Landscape
11th through 12th grades
First place: Meghan Webster, artwork entitled Listen
Second place: Bradley Tremel, artwork entitled Bicycle
The special award for Excellence in the Exhibition went to Madison Ross whose artwork was entitled Chef: The French Kind. Ross, who is already looking toward a career in an art-related field, said, I really have fun with what I do. I was really excited that this was the first Young at Art exhibition and that I was able to be a part of it.
Spring Ridge Middle School Art Teacher Lori Huff explained to her students that the exhibition is a beginning step to being a serious artist. It is important to know about setting up, photographing and displaying their artwork, she said.
The exhibition, says Cash, is also an outlet for students to share their work with the people they care about and the community. The best part was watching the students come in the door and see their work and show their friends and family, she said.