UNION — The Union County Arts Council will hold its annual Youth Art Show, sponsored by Gestamp, this month in conjunction with national Youth Art Month. But, both the location and the format for the show will be slightly different from that of past years’ exhibits.
Because of repairs being made to the UCAC gallery on Main Street in Union, the show’s location has been changed and will be held at the USC-Union Main Building. And, instead of having two divisions of K-5 and 6-12 as in previous years, the 2014 show will combine all of the grades into one exhibit.
The show will run from March 13 through April 14.
“This format will work better for us because of the necessary location change,” said UCAC coordinator Jackie Senn. “We’ll have one big show and one big awards reception. Last year, with both divisions combined, we had one hundred fifty entries. We can do it this way because of the extra space we’ll have at USC-Union.”
Art teachers in the Union County public and private schools will submit three pieces of art to represent the work of students in each art class. Home schooled students are also invited to submit work.
After the exhibit is hung at USC-Union, a judge picked by the UCAC staff will choose the winners from each grade. A representative of Gestamp will present the cash prizes to the first, second and third-place winners at the awards reception.
The reception is scheduled for March 27 beginning at 5 p.m. in the lobby of the USC-Union Main Building on Main Street.
“We have to thank USC-Union for hosting this year’s show,” said UCAC president Bennie Giles. “Our gallery has been closed since late December and we have been very fortunate to have wonderful support from the community. All of our regular programs have found temporary homes for the duration of the construction, which could last until late April.”
In 1961, The Crayon, Water Color & Craft Institute, Inc. forerunner of The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI), a non-profit association of art and craft materials manufacturers, created Children’s Art Month. Created in cooperation with the National Art Education Association (NAEA), a professional society of art educators, the purpose of Children’s Art Month was to “emphasize the value of participating in art for all children.” In 1969 the observance was expanded to include secondary school students and has been celebrated nationwide since that time as Youth Art Month.
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This story was written by Wm. Harold Senn.