Representation from each school varies from year to year. The exhibition generally has representation from at least 10 schools, plus homeschool students. This year, a dozen local schools are represented. Some of the schools represented this year include Butler Tech School of the Arts, Edgewood, Franklin, Lakota West, Madison, Middletown, Monroe, Springboro, Stephen T. Badin High School, Summit Academy, Valley View High School as well as homeschooled students.
“These are very driven and talented students. They are definitely applying advanced skills and techniques in their work, and it shows,” said Dykes.
Participating youth have an opportunity to compete for cash awards, scholarships and honorable mention ribbons within each medium. Categories for the awards include “Best of Show,” “First Place,” “Second Place,” “Third Place,” and “Honorable Mention.”
The “Best of Show” and place awards will be presented with cash prizes. On Feb. 12, ribbons will be placed next to winning pieces in the gallery and winners will be announced on www.middletownartscenter.com and on MAC’s social media platforms.
“We are thrilled to have a nearly fifty percent increase in submissions over last year’s exhibit. The number of entries makes it very competitive, but certainly elevates the show. We had 184 submitted, with only 125 works accepted for the exhibition. I think the increased response speaks to how artists are successfully using art as a platform for expression,” Dykes said
MAC is dedicated to fostering the artistic passion of area teens. It’s important for the young, creative community to have a venue to showcase their work and receive recognition, with the excitement of awards as well as opportunities for sales, she said.
“We feel energized each year by the new and fresh perspectives teens share. We love recognizing their work and supporting their creative vision. It is very special to be the first to welcome incredibly talented emerging artists to the professional art community,” Dykes said.
HOW TO GO
What: Tomorrow’s Artist Today exhibition
When: Sat., Feb. 12 through Thurs., Mar. 10. Exhibits are open during regular building hours. Hours are Mon. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tues. and Thur. 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Wed. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Fri., Sat., and Sun.
Where: Middletown Arts Center, 130 N. Verity Parkway, Middletown
Admission: Free. Open to the public.
More info: www.middletownartscenter.com or call (513) 424-2417. There will be an opening reception on Sat., Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon, which is free and open to the public.