Awards announced: Friday, March 24 during opening reception, 5pm—8pm. Six Shasta County Middle Schools have participated, with 218 pieces of art entered by 121 students. 169 art pieces were juried into the final show, 11 works by 10 students were awarded.
Juror: Kimberly Fitzsimmons
Without hesitation, I will tell you that being asked to jury this show was a wonderful and rewarding experience. The opportunity to see the creative and diverse range of media these young artists are using was exciting.
There is no rule book for being a juror. To be a juror is both intimidating and invigorating. Standing in front of each art piece I look for presentation, technical skill, craftsmanship, and creativity. Does it express a mood or is there a story? Is the piece well executed? Is the artist emotionally invested in his or her artwork?
I consider composition, color, subject matter, and mediums. I then looked for ideas, a personal or unique vision. Did the artist push boundaries, take risks or break rules? Does it invite me to explore it further and would I like to see more work by this artist?
I want to congratulate the artists whose artwork was admitted to the show. The jury process is not kind but I want to encourage any artist who did not make it into the show to not give up and to continue to believe in their work. Keep working.
I would like to thank Agata Maruszewski, Curator and Office Manager for the Shasta County Arts Council and her staff for the professional and personal assistance.
Finally, I want to thank the Shasta County Arts Council for the wonderful opportunity to juror this show.
University Preparatory School
Burney Junior High School
Academy of Personalized Learning
Redding School of the Arts
Stellar Charter School
Mistletoe Middle School