This energizing exhibition spotlights the work of East Baton Rouge Parish’s high school students; not only sharing their talents with their community, but encouraging and inspiring them to continue pursuing their artistic talents by exhibiting their work in a professional gallery setting. The exhibition also spotlights the importance of arts education, celebrating both its positive effects on the youths of our community and the efforts of the educators that challenge their students.
During the April 3 reception, award-winning works will be announced and over $1,400 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded, courtesy of the LSU School of Art.
In March, roughly 150 works of original art were submitted for possible inclusion in this competitive exhibition. In keeping with the spirit of the exhibition’s title, this truly is a "real-life experience" in that not every student who submits work is included in the exhibition. As professional artists find every time they seek to participate in a juried exhibition, life as a visual artist is difficult and highly competitive.
For this exhibition, a panel of three jurors was assembled to select the works to be included in the show and the prize-winning works via a completely blind jurying process. None of the jurors knew the artist’s name, grade level, school or teacher prior to the selection of any work, thus allowing them to select pieces for the show based solely on their artistic merits.
BRG artist members Dawn Black, Eleanor Owen Kerr and Van Wade-Day were faced with a difficult and inherently subjective task of whittling down the pool of roughly 150 works to create an exhibition of fewer than 50 pieces. Each artist has shown in respected galleries across the United States and brings first-hand knowledge of what "real-life" is like for professional artists.