The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, presents two exhibits of work by Marion County Public School students, both on view through April 25.
“Young in Art” features work from Marion County Public School K-12 students. Hosted annually by the Appleton since the early 1990s, the show highlights the artistic achievement of Marion County students at every grade level and highlights the importance of arts education. Every public school in Marion County is invited to participate. This year, 42 schools submitted artwork with a total of 234 pieces of art. The work is on view in the museum’s education wing until April 25. In addition, each school participating in “Young in Art” will be highlighted on the Appleton Facebook page and Twitter account. Each day a different school will be featured, along with photos of the work submitted by the school’s students.
On display in the museum café, also through April 25, is the “Superintendent’s Art Show.” Hosted at the Appleton since 2018, this youth art exhibit features one work of art selected from each school and highlights artistic excellence across the county.
“I believe in the arts and how they can impact a child’s life,” said Dr. Diane Gullett, Superintendent of Marion County Public Schools. “Showcasing student art at school provides much-deserved recognition, but elevating student artwork to the Appleton Museum of Art and its culturally rich environment takes things to a significantly higher level.”
After leaving the Appleton, the “Superintendent’s Art Show” will be on view throughout the summer in the Marion County Public School district offices and school board building.
In lieu of in-person receptions this year, students with work on display in “Young in Art” and the “Superintendent’s Art Show” are invited to visit the Appleton for free with up to four family members while the shows remain on view. Students must present a valid student ID or the letter of participation from MCPS.