The Holland Area Arts Council presents Début, the 40th annual Regional High School Art Competition. The Holland Arts Council has selected over 70 pieces of student artwork submitted by eighteen area high schools. The Arts Council is proud of the consistent quality of the works offered by our area schools and we applaud the hard work and dedication of the area’s talented art instructors. This exhibition creates the opportunity to share meaningful art with the wider community and to involve youth.
This year’s juror, Hope College professor, Dr. Heidi Kraus, has selected seventy nine pieces from the over three hundred works submitted and expressed her enthusiasm: “The opportunity to jury a high school art exhibition is exciting for many reasons, not the least of which is the emphasis on our community. In a time when the relevance of art (and indeed the importance of the humanities) is being constantly questioned, Début creates an excitement about art as a vehicle for self-expression, creative problem-solving, and decisive thinking.”
The competitive nature of a juried show creates a large degree of excitement around the exhibition. Cash awards are provided by local donors and the Holland Friends of Art. More significant than the awards given is the creative process which all the students experience.
Participating schools: Allendale, Black River Public School, Calvary, Careerline Tech, Coopersville, Fennville, Grand Haven, Grandville, Hamilton, Holland Christian, Holland, Jenison, Saugatuck, West Ottawa Schools and Zeeland East and West.
Début will be presented in the Holland Area Arts Council’s Padnos and Armstrong Galleries at 150 East 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423, from March 5th- April 19th 2020. The Holland Area Arts Council is supported in part by The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and The National Endowment for the Arts.