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Youth art exhibit at art museum



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Visitors examine artwork on display on Saturday in the Solley Atrium of the IU Art Museum. An art exhibition featuring pieces from Monroe County Community School Corporation students, age kindergarden through sixth grade, was set up to recognize the students' artistic talents. Luke Schram Buy Photos



Specially selected artwork by local students in kindergarten to sixth grade were displayed in the museum’s Solley Atrium. The event celebrated Youth Art Month, which runs through March.

Many school systems across the country, including Monroe County Community School Corporation, are participating by staging galleries and promoting their students’ best artwork.

Edward Maxedon, IU Art Museum curator of education, was in charge of the
reception.

“We are proud to sponsor this art event for its 19th annual year,” Maxedon said
“We wanted to pique the viewers’ curiosity, inspiring creative thoughts and questioning with their interpretations of each piece from the student galleries.”

The artwork was displayed on the second floor of the Solley gallery, showcasing a wide variety of art media such as water color, pastel, colored pencil and paper cutouts.

“It’s great to see that our child has artistic talent because there is certainly none in the rest of our family,” parent Chris Morrison said. “We are proud to see that Indiana University is giving the Monroe County some wide exposure with their clearly talented young art program.”

Some of the MCCSC student artists and teachers received special recognition.

The gallery highlighted the museum’s structured tour program by giving
15-minute introductory, concurrent tours of the specialized galleries for the families and students, trying to promote multi-generational learning.

The tours were separated by grades.

Galleries focused on some of the best pieces, including animals in art, arts through shapes, introduction to an art museum, communities and world cultures.

Maxedon said he felt the event was a bigger success than the previous 18 years because attendance increased and about 20 volunteers took part.

“It was truly extraordinary how this year we got close to 600 attendants at the event, and all the staff from the museum’s department were involved,” Maxedon said.
“We also had a wonderful backing from all of our donors and sponsors. Each year the Youth Arts Exhibit gets better and better, and this one was the best yet.”

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