The Magic of the Youth Art Month exhibition

The Magic of the Youth Art Month exhibition

There is still time to see the 2018 Youth Art Month exhibition at the PMA!

One of the wonderful things about the Youth Art Month exhibition, which is on view through Sunday, April 1, is seeing work from such a wide range of young Mainers—who represent many different ages and backgrounds, and coming from 10 of Maine's 16 counties. One thing they all have in common is that they're exceptionally talented young people who possess a passion for the arts, and enjoy the guidance and support of devoted arts teachers in our state's schools.

Furthermore, this year, the Youth Art Month exhibition coincides with the PMA Biennial, offering a well-rounded overview of Maine art. You can start on the second floor of the Payson Building and see Maine's past through the work of Winslow Homer and Marguerite Zorach, then go to the first floor and see an overview of Maine's present through the Biennial and works by artists such as Daniel Minter and Anne Buckwalter, and finally go downstairs to the Lower Ground Floor and see work by the next generation of Maine artists.

Now in its 24th year, the 2018 Youth Art Month exhibition features more than 100 works of art by K-12 students, all selected by Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) member teachers—the dedicated individuals at the forefront of Maine’s quality school art programs. Each year, these educators select one piece of exemplary work from their classrooms to represent the creative efforts their students are making and to validate a particular student who has shown a passion and talent for art. Sharing these artworks provides a glimpse into the incredible work being done in schools throughout the state, while also recognizing the value of art education and encouraging support for our teachers and schools. All participating students received certificates of recognition at an exhibition reception, which is on Saturday, March 3, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Youth Art Month is supported by the Peggy L. Osher Education Endowment at the Portland Museum of Art.


National Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Art education provides students with important critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, in addition to fostering self-esteem, self-discipline, and an appreciation for the work of others. Youth Art Month has been observed nationally since 1961, and on the state level, sponsored by the Maine Art Education Association since 1980.


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March 23, 2018
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Robert is a native of Winslow, Maine, and a graduate of Boston’s Emerson College. After spending years as a screenwriter in New York City and an arts journalist in Santa Fe, he moved back to Maine to raise a family in 2008. He currently lives in Portland’s Back Cove with his wife, who owns a business up the street from the PMA, and two young sons.