“Mini Masters” 33rd Annual School Art Exhibition

March 3 – April 22, 2017
Center Space Gallery

Emma Martinek, “Self Portrait”, Marker, West Fork Elementary School, 6th Grade

Mini Masters! is the theme of the 33rd annual Youth Art Month Exhibition.  The display opens on Friday, March 3 in the Center Space Gallery of the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, Mason City.  This year the spotlight shines on elementary school students, celebrating the imagination and creative energy of students in kindergarten through sixth grade.  Student artists whose work has been selected for inclusion in the exhibition will be honored at a reception and recognition ceremony at the Museum on Saturday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m. The reception will be hosted by Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary sorority for women in education.

The purpose of Youth Art Month is to emphasize the value of art education for all students and to encourage support for quality school art programs.  Demonstrated outcomes of art education have been shown to be development of critical thinking skills, self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self-expression and cooperative working skills.  Art teachers from AEA Area 267, Clear Lake Regional Office schools were invited to enter artwork from their students.  Seventy artworks from twelve schools were selected for this year’s show.  The exhibition continues through Saturday, April 22.