By Darla Shelden
Young artists statewide in grades 1 – 12 are invited to enter their works in the 2013 Youth Impressions Juried Art Show. The exhibition, presented by the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond and sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, will run from Jan. 19 – Feb. 1 at the Edmond Downtown Community Center, 28 E. Main Street. The show will offer $1000 in awards.
In its 26th year, the Juried Art Show provides an incentive for students to be recognized for their artistic talents. Students can enter their art, have it accepted into the show, and possibly win cash Awards of Excellence. In addition, 2013 participants may receive Recognition Awards of $25 each, sponsored by interested individuals, businesses and corporations. In past years, there have been up to 500 works accepted.
“The Youth Impressions Juried Art Show is a wonderful event that has an enormous impact on students statewide,” said Oklahoma Arts Council Executive Director Kim Baker. “For many, it is their first show and the experience of exhibiting and having critical feedback from a juror has a profound and positive effect on these students. This is a great event and the Fine Arts Institute does a stellar job!”
Entry forms are available at the Fine Arts Institute, 27 E. Edwards in Edmond, from school art teachers or by calling 405-340-4481. The deadline for entry forms is Wednesday, Jan. 16.
“Sponsoring Youth Impressions is an honor for the staff and board at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond,” said Executive Director Mitzi Hancuff. “This show is a way to feature visual art expression for Oklahoma students.”
This year’s juror is Dr. Bob Palmer, a member of the Oklahoma and National Art Educators Association and a recipient of one the 2012 Governor’s Arts Awards. Palmer has been recognized as Outstanding Educator for Higher Education and has received the Arts Assembly award for his work at the State Capitol building.
“I am excited to be the judge this year,” said Palmer. “I have a long running history with the Institute and have seen a lot of great work come from meager means. I usually try to keep an open mind with regards to judging art shows and try not to be too critical. I want to enjoy the whole experience.”
With over 1,500 murals across the state, Palmer feels everyone wins when they work together on mural projects, saying, “It is a great life actually doing what you enjoy and contributing to a better community.”
Youth Impressions categories are grades 1-3, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, and grades 10-12. Media accepted includes pencil, ink, oil and soft pastels, watercolor, acrylic, oil, print media, photography (digital and traditional), mixed media, pottery and fiber work. No jewelry will be accepted. Two dimensional works must be dry and matted ready for hanging. Size is limited to 30 x 40”. Heavy frames with glass are not allowed.
Each student may submit two entries with a $3 fee per entry or $5 for two entries. Art will be received on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. until noon. A reception will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the exhibit for the artists, their family members and guests. Art must be picked up on Friday, Feb. 1 from 1 – 4:30 p.m.
“In the same manner that musicians, dancers and drama students have numerous opportunities to display their talent through recitals, plays and competitions, visual art students also need a vehicle through which they can share their works,” said Hancuff. “The Youth Impressions show does just that.”
The Fine Arts Institute is Edmond’s non-profit community arts organization offering educational enrichment for adults and children in the visual and performing arts.
Palmer said, “I love encouraging our youth by hopefully ‘planting a few seeds’ that help them realize that Art is ‘alive and well in Oklahoma’ and that they too can be an artist if it is their passion.”
For further information, call 405-340-4481 or visit www.edmondfinearts.com