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Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts Celebrates 40 High School Students

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond will honor the region's award winners.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond will honor the region's award winners.

Forty Virginia high school students will head to college with an extra measure of confidence after their work was selected for display by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

This year 3,300 students from 60 cities and counties sent their work to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and 1,141 were recognized with regional prizes.

Jessica Bauserman, coordinator of youth and family events, says they were invited to visit the museum and in some cases to see their work on the walls.

“We actually get to bring in the award recipients to the museum — many of which have never been here before," Bauserman says. "Over about 60 percent I think came for the first time, so we offered portfolio reviews and had a community mural making project going on and artist demonstrations."

Winners went on to national competition, and 40 of them were recognized with gold or silver medals. That should help them get into art schools or universities with strong art departments, and Bauserman says more honors could be in the offing.

The Richmond region came in 9th of more than 100 U.S. affiliates in the number of Scholastic National Art Awards.

“We actually have five or six artists in our permanent collection that were once scholastic winners," she says.

The museum will display 235 pieces of winning student work through April 15.


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