Each spring the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts sponsors the Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition, a show mounted on the LCVA's Lower Level. The exhibition features work from some 400 students from ten counties, including public, private, and home schools. In 2014, the youth art exhibition will run from March 16 – April 28, with a free opening reception for the young artists, their families, and the adoring public.

The LCVA would like to express appreciation to the Jessie Ball duPont Fund for its sponsorship of our 2014 youth art exhibition.

2014 Start with Art, Learn for Life:
Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition
LCVA, Lower Level
Main Street Window Gallery

Sunday, March 16 - April 28, 2014

.The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (LCVA) is proud to present the Start with Art, Learn for Life: The Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition. On Sunday, March 16, the LCVA hosted an opening reception. Free and open to the public; friends, family, and community members were invited to the reception. The works will remain on view through April 28 in the lower level at the LCVA. The reception and exhibition were made possible by generous support from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund

This is the thirteenth year the LCVA has organized and hosted the largest youth art exhibition in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This year’s exhibition includes works by 1580 preK-12 students from 36 public, private, and home schools in 9 counties with the efforts of 38 art teachers (14 who are Longwood University Alumni). Participating counties include Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Powhatan, and Prince Edward.

The following teachers have assisted by preparing and submitting their students’ work for the 2014 exhibition: Jennifer Abruzzo (Buckingham County High School), Nancy Adkins (Five County Home School), Jenifer Ashby (Powhatan Junior High School), Kathryn Clarke (Bacon District Elementary School and Phenix Elementary School), Lisa Conner (Pocahontas Elementary School), Nina Crosswhite (Prince Edward County Middle School), Kim Dalton (Pocahontas Middle School), Laura Dedmond ’08, (Buckingham County Elementary School), Cassie Duarte (Central High School), Carol Edmonson ’82, (Prince Edward County Elementary School), Monica Evans (Appomattox County Middle School), Jessi Fleisher ’04 (Lunenburg Middle School), Deborah Wilkinson Ford ’76 (Amelia County High School), Vicki Fulcher (New Life Christian Academy and New Life Learning Center), Amanda Haymans ’12 (Buckingham County Preschool), David Hennessey ’12 (Prince Edward County High School), Patricia Herring ’80 (Nottoway Middle School), Kristin Jackson (Crewe Primary School and Burkeville Elementary School), Faith A. Jones (Appomattox County High School), Ronda Jones ’78 (Cumberland Middle School), Jean Jeter Kunath (Central High School), Forrest Layne (Fuqua School), Jennifer Logan (Central Virginia Christian School), Amy McManus (Powhatan High School), Rose Mezzatesta (Buckingham County Primary School), Marley Midkiff (Nottoway Intermediate School), Alyson Napier (Nottoway High School),  Emily Overstreet ’06 (Cumberland Elementary School), Toni Puckett (Five County Home School), Debbie Quinn ’92 (Blackstone Primary School), Janice Stanley ’92 (Cumberland High School),  Carla Terry ’09 (Amelia County Middle School), Joy Utzinger (Prince Edward County Elementary School), Jill Ward (Powhatan High School), Mary Webster (Powhatan Elementary School), Lindsay Wheeler ’08 (Randolph Henry High School), Stephanie Wirt ’97(Powhatan High School), and Valeri York (Appomattox Primary School).

“Youth Art Month has always given counties in the area a unique opportunity to display artwork from all levels,” said Lindsay Wheeler ’08, art teacher at Randolph Henry High School in Charlotte County. “Since I was a student at Longwood, I have seen the show set up from both sides and the amount of work that goes into the show is unreal- but it’s so worth it when you see the look on the faces of the artists.” 

In addition to works in the lower level, the Main Street Gallery will feature Seven Habitats, an installation comprised of works created with temper paint, paper, plates, glue, tissue paper, fabric, sticks, wood, and more. All 950 students from Prince Edward Elementary School in grades Pre-K through fourth grade contributed to the project, which was coordinated by art teachers Joy Utzinger and Carol Edmonson (Longwood '82). Students participated in individual and group projects relating to 7 habitats— rainforest, freshwater pond, salt water, Polar Regions, grasslands/African Savannah, desert, and forest/ woodland habitat. Many projects directly correlate to grade-level SOLs for science, social studies, and visual arts. 

From the Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition., one work per school will be selected for a year-long exhibition displayed in Hull Hall, home to Longwood University’s College of Education and Human Services.

For more information, contact:

Emily Grabiec, Curator of Education
grabiecea at longwood.edu




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