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Celebrating student masterpieces at Festival

Multiple districts – Sketches, portraits, landscapes and still-life pieces decorated the walls of the Grand Rapids skywalk at DeVos Place Convention Center recently, as the artwork of 149 students was installed.

The Youth Art Exhibition at Festival of the Arts provided a chance for people to see and celebrate the talent coming out of local art classrooms. The exhibition showcased work from 28 schools from 13 districts in the Grand Rapids area. Teachers were each able to choose five pieces to enter into the show.

City High art teacher Meaghan Whittle stands with her student, sophomore Alejandro Martinez, and his high school art award, ‘Overnight Flight,’ a charcoal and pastel drawing. Students were asked to find a current event/news article they had a strong emotional reaction to, then create a portrait showcasing that emotion
City High art teacher Meaghan Whittle stands with her student, sophomore Alejandro Martinez, and his high school art award, ‘Overnight Flight,’ a charcoal and pastel drawing. Students were asked to find a current event/news article they had a strong emotional reaction to, then create a portrait showcasing that emotion
From left, Lindsay Moynihan, art teacher at Oakwood Intermediate, and Emily Miller, art teacher at Allendale Early Childhood and Evergreen Elementary, show off their artistic flair in fashion
From left, Lindsay Moynihan, art teacher at Oakwood Intermediate, and Emily Miller, art teacher at Allendale Early Childhood and Evergreen Elementary, show off their artistic fashions flair
Chatting near the students’ artwork are, from left, Emily Miller, Evergreen Elementary art teacher and chair of Youth Arts; juror Nathan Kemler, GVSU director of galleries; juror Joel Zwart, GVSU curator of exhibits and collections; Baird Hawkins, Festival of the Arts board member; and Lindsay Moynihan, art teacher at Oakwood Intermediate
Chatting near the students’ artwork are, from left, Emily Miller, Evergreen Elementary art teacher and chair of Youth Arts; juror Nathan Kemler, GVSU director of galleries; juror Joel Zwart, GVSU curator of exhibits and collections; Baird Hawkins, Festival of the Arts board member; and Lindsay Moynihan, art teacher at Oakwood Intermediate
From left, Rockford art teachers Jaclyn Warren, Nick Vandenberg and Rachel Kibbe gather together during the reception
From left, Rockford art teachers Jaclyn Warren, Nick Vandenberg and Rachel Kibbe gather together during the reception
Jurors for the Festival of the Arts Youth Art Show are (left) Joel Zwart, GVSU curator of exhibits and collections, and Nathan Kemler, GVSU director of galleries
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Dianne Carroll Burdick
Dianne Carroll Burdick has worked as a photojournalist in the West Michigan area since 1991. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she has photographed for The Grand Rapids Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Detroit Free Press, Advance Newspapers, Grand Rapids Magazine, BLUE Magazine and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting and thought provoking stories of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2016.

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