Student art exhibit opens at MOAH next week

MOAH 2LANCASTER– The Lancaster Museum of Art & History (MOAH), in conjunction with the AVUHSD, presents the 28th annual Antelope Valley Union High School District Student Art Exhibition, on display January 24 to March 7.

The exhibition, which will open with a free public reception on Thursday, January 24, at 6 p.m., encourages and supports the artistic experimentation and expression of the Antelope Valley’s next generation.

Each year a different high school art department chairperson acts as the liaison for this exhibition. This year, Robyn Young of Eastside High School, and several of her fellow department art instructors, have been very busy making this a successful show.

Featuring more than 100 pieces of artwork from over 100 students within the school district, the exhibitors were selected by art instructors from Antelope Valley, Desert Winds, Eastside, Highland, Lancaster, Littlerock, Palmdale, Pete Knight, Quartz Hill and R. Rex Parris High Schools.

The exhibition includes a wide variety of media such as oil, ceramic, watercolor, photography, acrylic, plaster, charcoal, pencil, scratchboard, color pencil, computer art, pastel and mixed media.

Michelle Shaver, Lancaster Museum & Public Art Foundation board member, and artist Monica Mahoney will judge this year’s contest.

The annual student art exhibit was held at Lancaster City Hall last year, Briana Maclas won "Best in Show" for her self portrait titled "Deconstructed."

The annual student art exhibit was held at Lancaster City Hall last year, and Briana Maclas won “Best in Show” for a self portrait titled “Deconstructed.” Read more here.

Awards include Best of Exhibition ($100), 2nd Best of Exhibition ($75), 3rd Best of Exhibition ($50) and honorable mention ribbon winners in each medium category, as well as an award donated by the Lakes and Valleys Art Guild ($100). In addition, awards have been donated and winners selected by Mayor R. Rex Parris, City Manager Mark Bozigian, Parks Recreation and Arts Director Ronda Perez, MOAH Interim Curator Andi Campognone, Lancaster Photography Association ($100) and The High School District art instructors ($300 total). An award in memory of Beryl Amspoker will also be presented. Winners will be announced January 24 at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Lancaster Museum of Art and History at (661) 723-6250.