SAN JOSE, CA – Every year, the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) invites public and charter school students in grades TK-12 to highlight their talents and participate in the Young Artists Showcase and New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) High School Art Competition.
The 2017 winners are:
High School (via NUMU ArtNow):
A committee of art specialists from throughout the community select the elementary and middle school winners and local university art professors choose the high school winners through the ArtNow contest held earlier this year. Twenty four of the 60 ArtNow finalists will be featured at the Young Artists Showcase.
"Every year, in May, we celebrate these artists at our Young Artists Showcase Celebration. This event is designed to encourage students' interest in art, and to underscore the importance of art in our schools," says Jeannine Flores, SCCOE Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator.
"In 1995, when the SCCOE central office relocated to its current location, the facility was filled with long gray, bare walls, what began as a practical solution has become an incredible tradition," according to Flores. "The SCCOE now has the largest permanent adjudicated collection of student artwork in California. This year's collection will bring the total to 956 pieces of art displayed."
Students have the choice of having their original work added to the permanent collection or a facsimile. Included are paintings, drawings, watercolors, photographs, sculptures and multi-media works.
Tens of thousands of educators, members of the general public who visit the SCCOE each year, and all the SCCOE staff view this collection each year, "it reminds us of the importance of arts education and the creativity it sparks in students of all ages," says Flores.
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