Hamilton County Artists Association seeking high school artists for upcoming exhibit 


By Heather Collins

The Hamilton County Artists Association will host the Hamilton County High Schools Student Exhibit May 4 – 26.


The HCAA is currently having a call-out for local high school artists to submit their work for the student exhibit. Students can submit any artwork they have created throughout the school year.

“To invite students to present their work, is to also give them the ability to share their voice as an artist. Sometimes as a student, or as teenagers, we can be overshadowed by the adult artist or the professional artist, so this gives [students]the avenue to show their voice and their skill,” said Craig Helming, Noblesville High School Art Dept. Chair, Juried Artist and chairmen of the HCAA Hamilton County High Schools Student Exhibit.

Helming developed a learning scholarship to coincide with the art show.  During the learning scholarship, students will be able to work side-by-side with professional artists to learn their trade. Previous learning scholarships included one-on-one training workshops in woodworking and leather-making.

Helming hopes the learning scholarships will help promote the next generation of makers.

“The future is creativity, and that’s one things that’s very difficult to teacher and to educate and to grow. If you can be surrounded by it, then your ability to be creative is strengthened. You become a more well-rounded individual, a life-long learner,” Helming said.

Students may submit one piece over 18×24 or two pieces 16×20 or smaller. Three-dimensional pieces are limited to one piece per student.

Student artwork can be dropped off at the Birdie Gallery 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. on April 29.

The opening reception and award ceremony will be held 2 – 4 p.m. on May 7 at the Birdie Gallery, 195 S. 5th St. in Noblesville.

For information, visit hcaa-in.org. Students can also contact their high school art teacher for information.

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