The Teen Spirit Exhibition at Yeiser Art Center (YAC) was created in 1993 as a part of an ongoing effort to support the area's art programs and to recognize the talented youth of the region. Teen Spirit has come to symbolize the success of art education in the area. This show is a tribute to all the schools, students, teachers and other art professionals, whose outstanding work and enthusiasm have made the show a success each year.
The 2017 show includes a broader range of schools giving the exhibition a truly regional feel. YAC received over 250 entries from 9th - 12th graders at eight regional high schools and home school academies. These included Ballard High School, Community Christian Academy, Massac County High School, McCracken County High School, St. Mary High School, Tilghman High School, Upward Call Christian School and Vienna High School. From these entries, juror and artist Ashley Barnett chose 100 pieces for inclusion in this year's exhibition.
The YAC 24rd annual Teen Spirit exhibition which will be on display from December 10 through December 23, 2017. The kick-off reception will be Sunday, December 3 from 2 – 4 pm and is open to the public. There is a wide selection of mediums among the accepted entries this year: paintings, drawings, photography, digital works, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and jewelry will all be on display.
The cash prizes will be presented on December 3 during the opening reception. The Teen Spirit 2017 Awards include: First Place $150, Second Place $75, Third Place $50, and three Honorable Mentions at $25 each.
The juror for the 2016 Teen Spirit show is Ashley Barnett. Barnett has many years of experience teaching art from preschool to high school and in a variety of mediums.
“With the opportunity to be this year’s juror for the Teen Spirit Show, I got to see a different perspective as an artist and as a teacher,” Barnett told me. “After viewing all 266 entries, I could visually see the influences of many of the artists. In a community with so many artists, you begin to recognize certain artist styles. You also are familiar with which artists not only produce art, but teach it.”
Barnett has been a YAC member since 2002. “This summer I had the opportunity to teach what I love doing. It was so exhilarating to see such talent and enthusiasm for art in so many kids. It’s such a gift to see children grow and blossom. There is no greater reward to a teacher than knowing you impacted them in some way.”
Yeiser Art Center is open from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday - Saturday and admission is free and open to the public for the Teen Spirit show.