K-12 Student Art Show Returns April 23

Art students from kindergarten through high school will once again take over the Mineral Area College Field House in the 17th annual Mineral Area Council on the Arts extravaganza, the K-12 Student Art Show.

The Mineral Area Council on the Arts K-12 Student Art Show is free and open for the public to view on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m, culminating in an awards ceremony for ribbons and cash prizes at 1 p.m. Judging will be conducted by a duo of art educators who have years of experience as working artists in addition to teaching their craft.

The annual art show is a cooperative effort between the arts council and area art instructors who inspire Parkland students. Instructors select the artwork from their students according to grade level, and then according to media used. In 2015, the show featured 1340 entries from 18 area public, private and home schools.

“We don’t envy our local art teachers as they have to make decisions at the school level to determine their five best entries in each category and division.” said MACOA Executive Director Danielle Basler. “The quality of work entered is always outstanding and we are quick to remind all the participating students that just having their work chosen to be displayed is an accomplishment.”

The community can expect to see a wide variety of student artwork in 2D and 3D categories including drawing, painting, design, sculpture, ceramics, fibers and photography. Entries are divided into five age categories by grade level for judging purposes and the show accepts entries at the K-2 grade level for display only.

Financial assistance for this program is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  

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