Amarillo Museum of Art throws open its walls for student art show
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AMoA's Texas Panhandle Invitational opens Friday.
Photo by Chip Chandler

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Top young artists from around the region will display their works beginning Friday at Amarillo Museum of Art.

The annual Texas Panhandle Invitational Student Art Show returns, on view through May 12 at the museum, 2200 S. Van Buren St.

"The (show) is the highlight of the year for Panhandle art students," said Denise Olson, Amarillo Independent School District assistant director of fine arts, in a news release. "It exemplifies dedication, imagination, talent, and creative exploration by students K-12 in both public and private schools throughout the Panhandle."

Paintings, drawings, prints, computer art, collage, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture and mixed media work will be on display.

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.

"The annual Texas Panhandle Student Art Show is always one of the most interesting installations in the museum’s schedule," said Alex Gregory, curator of art. "There is usually not a single inch of available, unused wall space, as the show is installed from floor to ceiling. It truly showcases the young creative talent of the region and brings crowds of admiring friends and families to see it."

The exhibition will close with an award reception at 6:30 p.m. May 12, where students will vie for 10 best-of-show individual awards, one best-of-show senior portfolio award and other awards and scholarships.




Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.