An exhibition showcasing “the future of art” opened Sunday at the Tyler Museum of Art.
The 18th annual high school art exhibit, which includes the work of 86 students from 16 high schools in nine East Texas counties, is free to the public and features teacher-selected art produced by seniors and promising juniors.
The pieces in the exhibition showcase the artistic education and creativity of the students who produced them after classes in different styles and mediums. The compositions combine the study of the art of the students with their vision of the world.
The art was selected for the exhibit by students from Tyler and Tyler Legacy High Schools, Cumberland Academy in Tyler, All Saints Episcopal School as well as high schools in Big Sandy, Bullard, Whitehouse, Winona, among others. in East Texas.
The museum’s education manager, Rachel Anthony, praised the students’ work and said the exhibit provided a checkpoint for their artistic progression.
“Students are the future of art. They will advance the current movement of contemporary art while continuing to develop their artistic styles. …”, said Antoine.
Anthony said displaying the artwork helps the community connect with the students. She said the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students’ daily lives is a common theme in pieces in the exhibit, but the work also includes topics such as mental health, loneliness, loss and environmental awareness.
“Participating students can learn from each other by observing how each individual has combined their chosen medium with a visual concept,” Anthony said. “The show displays common motives that impact their generation.”
Anthony also said that the art helps to continue to inspire young artists who see the potential in their work.
“The themes represented by the high school student on display resonate with lower grade levels. Younger students can look at the artwork on display and strive to have their work exhibited in the future,” she said. said “It inspires the next generation of artists to study and develop artwork in the classroom with guidance from a teacher.”
The exhibit includes a Viewer’s Choice Award that will be chosen by museum visitors. Until May 21, anyone visiting the exhibition can vote daily for their favorite work. The award will be presented at a ceremony at 2 p.m. May 22 at the museum at 1300 S. Mahon Ave.
For more information, visit tylermuseum.org.