Young artists to take over AMoA galleries
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by Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
Student artists from elementary to high school will have works on display beginning Friday at Amarillo Museum of Art.
The annual Texas Panhandle Invitational Student Art Show will hang through May 13 at the museum, 2200 S. Van Buren St.
Paintings, drawings, prints, computer art, collage, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture and mixed media work will be on display from artists from public and private schools around the Panhandle.
In the museum’s north second-floor gallery, student entries selected by teachers will be on view. In the south gallery, seniors will hang at least eight pieces of artwork in a senior portfolio exhibition.
An awards reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. May 13, with 10 best-of-show awards, a best-of-show award for the senior portfolios, scholarships and more to be handed out.
“AMoA is proud to support the Texas Panhandle High School students who participate in this exhibition,” AMoA Curator of Art Alex Gregory said. “The exhibition is always exciting to see and fills every available inch of the gallery walls. In addition to showcasing the outstanding student artwork, it brings a new audience into the museum to see it, therefore raising awareness and relevance of the museum to the community.”
Denise Olson, Amarillo Independent School District assistant director of fine arts, said the show has been an annual tradition in one form or another for about 30 years. Students displayed their work at Western Plaza and Westgate Mall before the show moved into the museum.
“I think it’s a great privilege that we get to hang the show at the museum, and I hope the kids are proud of that,” Olson said.