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Lee Art Educators Association Future of Art exhibit goes virtual

By Staff | Sep 2, 2020


Every year, the Alliance for the Arts and Lee Arts Educators Association partner up to put student artwork on display. This year’s exhibit, “The Future of Art: High School Exhibit,” is on display for the public through a virtual gallery on the Alliance’s Website at www.artinlee.org/futureofartgallery.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Alliance and Lee Arts moved the exhibition to a digital submission process and virtual viewing room to ensure the health and wellness of the community.

“Now more than ever is a critical time to support young artists,” Gallery Director Ehren Gerhard, with the Alliance, said. “When we encourage young artists, we’re encouraging them to have confidence in their ideas. The work of our local students is powerful, cutting edge and risk taking. As a community, it is vital we foster creative thought in young minds. They are the future and the future demands it.”

Marking its 28th year, the show features artwork from 13 area high schools and hundreds of works in a variety of mediums. The judges are Dana Roes, Sorsha, Mike Kiniry, Stephen Hayford and Gerhard.

“This act on behalf of the Alliance for the Arts and FSW, thanks to Lydia Black, Ehren Gerhard and Dana Roes, is monumental for us,” Lee Arts Educators Association President Samantha Hower said. “The Future of Art exhibit has been around for almost 30 years and the work that they have put into ensuring the show continues for our student artists speaks to their dedication to the future of the arts in Lee County. This opportunity provides us with a much-needed reminder, in our current situation, that the arts in Lee County are alive and well and that we are committed to our student artists.”

Winners will be selected in several categories, including painting, drawing, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture and functional ceramics. The Best in Show will receive a four-year art major scholarship to Florida Southwestern State College. Awards were announced on May 1 on Facebook.

Students from Bonita Springs High School, Cape Coral High School, Cypress Lake Center for the Arts, Cypress Lake High School, Estero High School, Fort Myers High School, Ida S. Baker High School, Island Coast High School, Lehigh Senior High School, Mariner High School, North Fort Myers High School, Riverdale High School and South Fort Myers High School will have their work on display.

The exhibit is sponsored by FSW.