This regional art show, now in its fourth decade, offers a chance for talented and dedicated high school art students to display their work in a professional setting.
Each year SOU Youth Programs coordinates the Best of the Best Student Art Show, offering talented high school art students an opportunity to display their work in a professional setting.
The Grants Pass Museum of Art was scheduled as the host gallery for the 2020 Best of the Best Student Art Show. However, out of necessity, plans changed since the issuance of the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order from our Governor, Kate Brown. Instead of art hanging on the walls of the Grants Pass Museum of Art, the museum has decided to offer Virtually the Best of the Best, a virtual tour of this year’s student work. The original list of submissions came from 14 schools submitting 124 pieces of art that were created by over 100 area students. This tour will be available for viewing on the Grants Pass Museum of Art website.
Each year a Student Art Seminar is also held on the SOU campus. Students whose work was selected for the show have the opportunity to participate in a variety of hands-on workshops conducted by professional artists on faculty at SOU. Unfortunately, these plans have also be cancelled. Sasha Timen, a freelance graphic designer and adjunct instructor in Graphic Design Methods in SOU's Emerging Media and Digital Arts (EMDA) Program was slated as the Best of the Best Director for this year.
All of us at SOU Youth Programs are of course saddened that the art show cannot go forward as planned. However, we are delighted by the decision of the Grants Pass Museum of Art to mount this virtual show, and we are so thankful for the efforts of many high school art instructors and their willingness to photograph all of their students’ work. Thanks to the efforts of many individuals there is now an opportunity to acknowledge the time, effort, and great talent that students from our region have put into their artwork.
A big thank you to Oregon ArtsWatch for highlighting the Virtually the Best of the Best and the collaborative effort of the Grants Pass Museum of Art and SOU Pre-College Youth Programs. View their newsletter here.
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