The council gathered student artwork from 10 area high schools to be displayed in this professionally run juried exhibition. The exhibition creates the opportunity to share meaningful art, and to involve youth.
"Début" will be presented in the Holland Area Arts Council’s Padnos and Armstrong Galleries, 150 E. Eighth St. in Holland, from Feb. 27 through April 28.
This year’s juror, Hope College professor Heidi Kraus, selected 80 pieces from the 270 works submitted.
“The opportunity to jury a high school art exhibition is exciting for many reasons, not the least of which is the emphasis on our community," she said. "In a time when the relevancy of art (and indeed the importance of the humanities) is being constantly questioned, "Début" creates an excitement about art as a vehicle for self-expression, creative problem-solving and decisive thinking.”
The competitive nature of a juried show creates a large degree of excitement around the exhibition. Cash awards are provided by fuel-D and the Holland Friends of Art. Further support for the exhibition is provided by Howard Miller.
More significant than the awards given is the creative process which all the students experience. To applaud their artistic growth and début in the art world, the Holland Area Arts Council hosts an awards reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, complete with live music and food.
Participating schools: Black River Public School, Coopersville, Fennville, Grand Haven, Holland Christian, Holland, Jenison, Saugatuck, West Ottawa, and Zeeland East and West.