HMA to celebrate Youth Art Month exhibition

Huntsville, Ala. –  The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) will celebrate the 34th annual Youth Art Month (YAM) exhibition of student artwork on view from March 14 through May 2, 2021.

This exhibition showcases exuberant works of art by youth in kindergarten through grade 12 from Huntsville City, Madison City, Madison County, Athens City, Limestone County, Decatur City, and Scottsboro City schools.

The Juried Art Teachers' Biennial, Congressional Art Competition, and VAA: Visual Arts Achievement Program District V Blue Ribbon Finalists exhibitions will complement the student artwork this year. The VAA District V award-winning works will subsequently be a part of a statewide virtual competition with the Alabama State Council on the Arts. The Congressional Art Competition's winning artwork, selected from high school students in the 5th Congressional District, will later travel to Washington D.C. for a year-long display at the U.S. Capitol. The Congressional Art Competition Honorable Mentions will be on display in the Museum and then at the Congressional office.

Laura E. Smith, Director of Education/Museum Academy at HMA, encourages everyone in the community to celebrate the talents of North Alabama's young artists and teachers.

"The YAM 2021: Exhibition for Youth Art Month demonstrates the creativity and collaboration of the talented youth whose artwork emphasizes the quality arts in education programs in North Alabama," said Smith. "Join us as we celebrate the month of March as Youth Art Month (YAM). Museum visitors will have the opportunity to view a variety of artwork depicting portraits, landscapes, still life, and animals. Thank you to all educators in our community!"

The Museum is following the state's mandates for social distancing procedures and masks. HMA requires all visitors to wear a mask or facial covering, and no one is allowed inside the Museum if they have a fever or are experiencing other symptoms of COVID-19. Disposable masks can be purchased at the front desk for visitors who do not have a mask. Hand sanitizing stations are located in the lobby. Museum employees will wear masks at all times and routinely disinfect all surfaces. Visitors can purchase their tickets online to ensure a touchless entry into the Museum. 

More information can be found by visiting the Museum's website at hsvmuseum.org



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About Youth Art Month
Youth Art Month is observed nationally each March to emphasize the value of art education for children and encourage public support for quality school art programs. Youth Art Month is endorsed by The National Art Education Association, Alabama Art Education Association, Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama Arts Alliance, and locally by the Huntsville-Madison County Art Education Association.

About the Huntsville Museum of Art
The Huntsville Museum of Art is a non-profit municipal corporation established by the City of Huntsville, Alabama, and governed by a city-appointed Museum Board.  The Museum seeks to foster understanding of the visual arts and appreciation of artistic achievement.  In addition to its galleries and exhibitions, the Museum offers art classes for children and adults along with special programs, lectures, and musical presentations.  Rental space is also available for weddings, meetings, and other events.