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Art Center Exhibition Celebrates Youth Art Month

Post Date:02/15/2019 11:36 AM

Celebrating Youth Art Month, the Sioux City Art Center will feature its 30th Annual Juried Youth Art Month Exhibition: High School Students from February 16 – April 14, 2019. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Sunday, February 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Mayor Bob Scott, Sioux City Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman, Art Center Director Al Harris-Fernandez and Education Coordinator Debra Marqusee, will present awards at 2 p.m.

Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual, nation-wide observance celebrating art education for children and encourages public support for quality school art programs. Designated in 1961, YAM began as Children’s Art Month to emphasize the value of all children participating in art.

The Art Center believes art plays a significant role in every student’s development and recognizes, encourages, and applauds these fine young artists. The Art Center thanks area art teachers for their dedication to student artistic development and their support of this exhibition.

Twenty-four high school art teachers from nineteen schools in the tri-state area submitted 548 entries. Ninety-seven pieces of art were selected by juror, Jeff Baldus, Associate Professor of Art, Briar Cliff University and Art Center Director, Al Harris-Fernandez. The artworks were judged on originality, creativity, personal expression, and excellence of workmanship.

The Youth Art Month exhibition is sponsored in part by ­­­Wells Fargo Bank Sioux City.



9th Grade:

1st Place: Dawson Cobb

2nd Place: Tara Van Wyhe   

3rd Place: Auden Anderson

Director's Choice: Ian Probasco      

Honorable Mention: Genesis Martinez-Topete

Honorable Mention: Juana Deanda-Valadez          


10th Grade

1st Place: Anahi Guzman

2nd Place: Ryan Simpson

3rd Place: Catrina Tounjian

Director's Choice: Olivia Nelson

Director's Choice: Anh Huynh        

Honorable Mention: Emma Hannah

Honorable Mention: Addison McMillan

Honorable Mention: Ashley Malm

11th Grade

Best of Show: Reagan Keil

1st Place: Cassidy Bollinger

2nd Place: Jessica Hernandez Vargas

3rd Place: Lily Mercural       

Director's Choice: Molly Wollman

Director's Choice: Jesus Aguilar

Director's Choice: Brianna Donahue

Honorable Mention: Nikki Dukes

Honorable Mention: Nikki Dukes   


12th Grade

1st Place: William Perez       

2nd Place: Trinity Henjes

3rd Place: William Perez

Director's Choice: Saffron Stoos

Director's Choice: Hailey Jensen     

Honorable Mention: Ollie Engelhardt        

Honorable Mention: Lorna Mendez


The Sioux City Art Center is a model public/private partnership between the City of Sioux City and the Art Center Association of Sioux City.

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The Sioux City Art Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The Sioux City Art Center is located at 225 Nebraska Street, Sioux City, IA.

Additional information is available by contacting the Sioux City Art Center at (712) 279-6272, ext. 200 or

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