Last month, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts celebrated the incredible talent of young Maryland artists with an art exhibition at School 33 Art Center. The exhibition celebrated the artwork of award recipients in the Maryland Region Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.

Students, their friends and families, educators, BOPA staff and the community gathered for an opening night to view a dynamic collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, fashion and more.

While the gallery at School 33 Art Center is currently closed, we want to share with you a virtual tour of the impressive work of Maryland’s creative youth. We are working on releasing a full virtual gallery soon. Until then, enjoy this sample of the Maryland Regional Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition from the comfort and safety of home.

From left: The Growth Within by Kalliyan Windor; Searching for a Piece of My Past and The Monster Under the Bed by Madeline Menkes
Clockwise, from left: Cherry Blossoms by Teresa Broemmelsiek; Hair by Elyse Wafula; All Natural Popcorn by Alice Doyle
All Photo Credits: Glenford Nuñez

Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), the regional affiliate for Maryland, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the country’s longest-running and most prestigious creative teen recognition program for students in grades 7–12. In the competition’s almost 100 year history, this is the first time that Maryland has had a regional affiliate. BOPA is proud to take on this effort of supporting the next generation of artists. We received nearly 4000 visual art and writing submissions from teens throughout the state in seventeen counties and Baltimore City. Information about next year’s competition should be available in September 2020.

Established in 1979, School 33 Art Center has long been a bridge between contemporary artists and the viewing public, showcasing and sustaining emerging, mid-career, and established artists from Baltimore and beyond. School 33 Art Center continues to present carefully curated exhibits in three gallery spaces, offer studio space and mentorship to working artists, feature exhibition-specific artist talks and workshops, art classes for adults and children, and produce city-wide events such as the annual School 33 Art Center Open Studio Tour.

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