Juried student art exhibition at Stark Museum of Art, Orange, April 4 - 5

Juried student art exhibition at Stark Museum of Art, Orange, April 4 - 5

The Stark Museum of Art will honor 108 local student artists on Wednesday, April 4, from 5–6:30 p.m. The student artists are featured in this year’s juried student art exhibition, This Land Was Made for You and Me. The reception will include light refreshments, a special performance by the LC-M Jazz Band, and an award ceremony. Family, friends and neighbors are encouraged to join the museum in celebrating the student artists’ achievements.

For this year’s exhibition, student artists were asked to create an original work depicting an image inspired by the lakes, prairies, mountains, coasts or deserts of the United States of America. The museum received over 400 entries from K-12 students across Southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. Each entry was judged by museum staff on five criteria: skillful use of chosen medium; commensurate with artist’s grade level; composition and design; artist statement; impact of the image; and creativity.

All entries were carefully considered by a team of museum staff, and the best entries were selected to be matted, framed and hung for the exhibition. This year’s exhibition features artwork from 14 campuses: Bridge City Intermediate, Bridge City Middle School, Bridge City High School, Buna Junior High School, Lighthouse Homeschool Co-Op, Orangefield High School, Port Neches Groves High School, St. Mary Catholic School, St. Louis Catholic High School, Sabine Pass High School, Sam Houston High School, Vidor Middle School, West Orange Stark Elementary, and West Orange Stark High School.

In addition to recognizing all featured student artists, the museum will also present special awards during the reception for outstanding works in the exhibition. Two special awards will be given: Merit and Director’s Choice Awards. Merit Awards will be presented to students receiving the highest scores from judges. The Director’s Choice Awards will be presented to students selected for outstanding achievement by Trina Nelson Thomas, Director of Art & History Venues. A full list of award winners is available online at starkmuseum.org.

“Each year I am overwhelmed by the amount of talent and creativity that our local students display in their entries,” said Jennifer Restauri Dickinson, Curator of Education. “I am so excited for students, teachers, family, and friends to visit the exhibition in the new Walter G. Riedel III Education Center and to celebrate the students during the reception.”

For those unable to join the celebration, student artwork will be on view in the Community Gallery located in the Walter G. Riedel III Education Center until Saturday, June 2.