Youth Art in Elkhart at the Midwest Museum of American Art

The Midwest Museum of American Art presents the annual exhibition of art work selected from five area high schools’ art education programs. This year 146 students were selected to exhibit works of art in all media.

The exhibit is an annual observance of Youth Art in the Elkhart area high schools and provides an opportunity for students, grades 9 through 12, who have realized success in art to have their work exhibited in a museum setting. During Youth Art Month, attention is focused on the vitally important work carried on in the area of art education throughout the year. Art education in general, and Youth Art in Elkhart in particular, are uniquely capable of bringing about many of the goals of public education, including goals of self-esteem, visual awareness, fostering critical thinking skills, and appreciation of individual differences.

For the thirteenth year, there will be a $500 Art Scholarship Award, named in honor of Phillip Monteith, given by the Elkhart Evening Optimists to a graduating Senior going on to attend an art school or a university art program. Finally for the eleventh year, Artist, Kathleen Zienty will present the Robert & Mary Boyer Youth Art Awards to four students in the exhibition. Two Tom Grove Memorial Awards for photography will be given to honor the late Elkhart Art Educator this year.

Sponsors for Youth Art in Elkhart 2017 include Elkhart Luncheon Optimists, Elkhart Evening Optimists, June Holloway-Oklahoma City, Northern Box Company, Abby Thomas-Elkhart, Robert & Mary Boyer Youth Art Fund, and State Farm Insurance Agent, Rocky Enfield.