Youth Art Month

For more than 20 years, the PMA has collaborated with the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) to bring National Youth Art Month to Maine. This annual observance emphasizes the value of art education and encourages support for quality school art programs. At the PMA, this annual event comes with a reception and an exhibition that showcases artwork in a variety of media by K-12 students throughout the state. The exhibition runs March 1 through April 3, 2017 and is on the Lower Ground Floor of the PMA.

The 2017 Youth Art Month opening reception is on Saturday, March 11, and is open to family, friends, teachers, and other supporters of youth art. Check back for details about the schedule of events.

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Art Submission Guidelines for Teachers

Questions? Please contact the MAEA Youth Art Month chair, Manon Lewis, or MAEA president Deb Bickford. To submit student work, you must be a current member of (MAEA). To check your membership status, email membership chair Holly Houston before completing the online registration.

  1. Please have parents or guardians complete this permission form. This form must be attached to the back of the artwork at drop-off.
  2. You may submit one work of art per teacher per school. Artwork created by multiple students and work with multiple teachers is not allowed.

Artwork will be inspected at drop-off and will only be accepted if proper protocol is followed:

  1. Artwork should not exceed 18 x 24 inches.
  2. 3D work can be submitted if it is in a shadow box frame or if it is relief work that can hang on the wall and does not exceed 5 inches in depth.
  3. Artwork must be framed, including artwork or stretched canvas or canvas board.
  4. Plexiglass only, no glass please.
  5. Artwork must be ready to hang*. Any work that does not come with appropriate hanging hardware will be returned to the teacher and not installed in the show.
  6. Please mark the back of the student work with an up arrow (↑) to identify the top of the work. This is especially important for abstract art. 
  7. A digital image of the artwork is required. Please photograph the artwork before framing to avoid glare and make the image as high resolution as possible.
  8. Please note the museum cannot store artwork packaging or wrapping material. Upon drop off, you must take packaging with you and bring back during the art pick up dates.

*Ready to hang means: sturdy backing (mat board, Masonite, or foam board); proper hardware on the back of the frame (such as d-rings, eye hooks, or gallery clips) and wire strung between the hardware. Hardware must be nailed, screwed, or factory installed. Hot-glued hardware will not be accepted. No saw-tooth hangers are allowed. Plexiglass must be clean and free of scratches. Questions about preparing your work? Contact MAEA chair Deb Bickford.

Artwork will be inspected at drop-off and will only be accepted if proper hanging protocol is followed.

Artwork Drop off and Pick up: Please come to 99 Spring Street (the back entrance at the Portland Museum of Art). It is a brown door, next to a garage bay door, across from the Holiday Inn. There is a sign above that says "99 Spring Street."