Freeport Art Museum’s Aspiring Artists Exhibition Opens February 23rd

Freeport, Illinois – Over 450 works of art created by area students will fill the gallery walls at the Freeport Art Museum’s Aspiring Artists Exhibition, opening on Friday, February 23rd at the museum. The show features the talent and creativity of youth in grades K -12 from ten Freeport schools, four Stephenson County schools, one JoDaviess County school and one Ogle County school.

Last year’s show opened to a record crowd of over 400 visitors who were on hand to see the display of paintings, drawings and sculpture by hundreds of students, representing Freeport Elementary schools; Blackhawk, Center, Empire, Jones Farrar, Lincoln-Douglas and Taylor Park; Carl Sandburg Middle School; Freeport Middle School; Freeport High School; Aquin Elementary, Middle and High Schools; Dakota Elementary, Middle and High Schools; Scales Mound Elementary, Middle and High Schools; Forreston Elementary, Middle and High Schools; Stockton Elementary, Middle and High Schools; and Pearl City Elementary, Middle and High Schools.

“Always a favorite, the Aspiring Artists exhibition demonstrates the wonderful talent and creativity of the students in our communities and the high level of arts instruction they are receive from their art educators.” – Museum education director Barry Treu.

This year’s guest juror is Abbe Hayner. Ms. Hayner is a member of the Freeport School District Board of Directors. Freeport Mayor, Jodi Miller, will join us as our special guest to welcome our participants and to present the awards.

This year’s Aspiring Artists Exhibition is sponsored by FAM Gold Member, FHN

Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age group are sponsored by Blick Art Supplies.

About the Freeport Art Museum

Established in 1975, the Freeport Art Museum shares the visual and performing arts with the people of northwest Illinois. FAM’s mission is to promote an understanding of art and culture through our collections, exhibitions and education. The museum’s collection contains nearly 4,000 artifacts from all continents and all time periods including ethnographic objects from Egypt, Southeast Asia, and Papua New Guinea; Pre-Columbian and Native American baskets and pottery; excellent 15th to 19th century European painting, prints and sculpture; and a significant collection of contemporary American prints, paintings, and sculpture. The Freeport Art Museum is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

The Freeport Art Museum is located at 121 North Harlem Avenue, and is open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 5:00 pm., and Saturday from 12:00- 5:00. Tours may be scheduled by calling 815-235-9755. Admission to the Museum is FREE however, donations are gratefully appreciated.

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