Artworks from Matt Hibbits '19 and Jack Lankford '19 are currently on display at the 2019 Emerson Young Artists' Showcase until March 30. This exhibit is a juried, all-media artwork exhibition for high school students residing within 150 miles of the St. Louis Artists' Guild, a well-known art center located in the St. Louis Famous Barr department store.
"Out of 350 submissions, 150 were accepted," said Laurie Kohler, art teacher. "I am very proud of both of these artists."
To be included, the artwork needed to meet several criteria including competence with materials, techniques, formal issues, perceptual issues and presentation as well as signs of personal expression and evidence of the artist's voice.
"The art selected needed to have something to express or say," explained Mrs. Kohler. "Art that wove together content, personal expression, and competence is what is included in this exhibition. One additional factor was the ambition of the piece; work that went beyond an assignment or an exercise and could stand strongly on its own had the advantage."
Jack Lankford won a $50 Artmart gift card for his piece titled "Persona," and shared, "I wanted to create a piece that showcased the basics of the human person and the complexities of the mind." He plans to continue art as a hobby next year when he begins his studies at Missouri S&T.
Matt Hibbits won the $500 Frani Weinstock scholarship for his piece titled "G-Man." He chose to paint his brother "because I look up to him," and enjoys art "because it is a fun way to express myself and the things I like."
The show runs until March 30. For gallery hours and details, visit the St. Louis Artists' Guild website at https://www.stlouisartistsguild.org/yas-2019.