The Riverfront Arts Center’s Emerging Artists exhibit features 68 pieces of artwork by Stevens Point School District junior and senior high school students enrolled in grades seven to 12. Awards of Excellence and honorable mentions were awarded to the highest-rated students. All students were honored at the opening-day reception on Sunday, Feb. 24.
Nancy Thorson, the director of the Riverfront Arts Center, said the exhibit celebrates the creativity of all the students, not just the winners.
“The award is just to be here,” she said. “It’s not really a competition. The show promotes problem-solving, persistence and trial and error in art.”
Art teachers from Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH), Pacelli High School, P.J. Jacobs Junior High School and Ben Franklin Junior High School could choose up to 10 student pieces to include in the exhibit. The students were split into three age categories: grades seven and eight, nine and 10 and 11 and 12.
However, the number of submissions decreased the older the students were. There were about half as many submissions in the grades 11 and 12 category as there was in the grades seven and eight category.