Students Compete in Los Gatos Art Contest

The Los Gatos Museum of Art will host its Second Annual Santa Clara County-Wide High School Art Exhibition from April 25 to May 5. This year’s theme is “Art+Tech+Culture.” Artists must submit all their works by March 22.

Along with an open gallery to the public, with works available for purchase, the exhibition is also a competition. Any student can submit work to the exhibit.

“They provide students with a topic and students create artworks to communicate their ideas,” art teacher Christine An said. “It is a county-wide juried art exhibit and a contest.”

The students participating in this exhibition are in Drawing II, Drawing III, AP Studio Art, Photo II and Digital Photo.

“It is a really cool experience because other people get to see your artwork and you get to see other people’s artwork,” Photo II student sophomore Noah Tsao said. “You get to get your name out there and get to compete against other students, adding a competitive side as well as having fun with it.”

This exhibition gives students a glimpse of what it is like to be a professional artist.

“They find out about the gallery and create artworks related to a theme and write an artist statement,” An said.

Along with learning about the process, students can sell their works, as a professional artist would.

“Many of our students have not only won the contest in previous years but also sold their art works that are also published in a book,” An said. “It is a whole real-life experience package–a real working artist.”

All students who want and plan on participating in the exhibition will continue to prepare for the exhibition and perfect their work as they get ready to enter the contest and sell their works.