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February 6, 2023
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Local Scene: ArtNow exhibit; town recruiting for boards

Student art to be on display

New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) will host the 11th annual ArtNow juried Santa Clara County high school art exhibition from March 25 to May 22. 

The exhibition and educational program gives high school students, from Palo Alto to Gilroy, the experience of presenting artwork in a professional museum setting and the opportunity to participate in supporting educational and career development programs. 

A total of 79 works will be on exhibit, with more than $12,000 awarded in eight artistic categories. A series of programs including portfolio reviews, art workshops and an awards ceremony will be held during the run of the show. 

The 2022 exhibition theme is “Brave New Worlds,” and students were invited to respond to the exhibition theme through an original work of art that visually communicates their ideas in their choice of media and subject. Students are responsible for submitting images of their work online for jury review and delivering their artworks ready to hang or for display. There is no application fee to submit artworks to the program. 

After the submission process was completed, the NUMU curatorial team juried the submissions, selected 75-80 works to be exhibited and a panel of university-level art instructors chose the winning pieces of art from eight categories, including Drawing, Painting, Digital Media, Photography, Video/Animation, Printmaking and Sculpture. 

A total of $12,000 in awards and scholarships are given out annually through the program, including the “Mike and Alyce Parsons Best in Show Award” winner who receives a $5,000 education scholarship. Past award recipients have gone on to study at the Rhode Island School of Design, UC Berkeley, Cal Poly SLO, the Parsons School of Design and UCLA.

The ArtNow program has grown in size and scope since its inception in 2012 when it received a little more than 250 entries from 24 county high schools. This year, the program received more than 580 unique artwork submissions from 38 high schools, of which 79 were selected for display in the exhibition, representing 26 high schools, according to NUMU. 

“We’re so grateful to the youth who submitted their artwork, and the teachers who motivated them,” said Ami Davis, NUMU’s executive director. “Everyone should listen to these young artists, who have vital information to share with the world through their artwork. Listen with your hearts to what they are asking adults to do: acknowledge the inequity still prevalent in our world, and be brave in using our voices for change.” 

The ArtNow program is further supported by the California College of the Arts, CASSY, local artists and Mosaic America.

NUMU, 106 E. Main St., is open Thursdays from 3-8pm and Fridays-Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $10 general, $6 for seniors, students and veterans (with valid ID), and free for essential workers, Los Gatos residents, members, youth under 18 years of age, families of up to 4 (with a current EBT card and valid ID), active-duty military personnel and their families.

For information, visit numulosgatos.org/artnow.

Town recruiting for boards

The Town of Los Gatos is now recruiting to fill adult volunteer vacancies on the following boards, commissions and committees:

• Building Board of Appeals

• Community Health & Senior Services Commission

• Historic Preservation Committee

• Parks Commission

• Personnel Board

The deadline to apply is March 25 at 4pm. Interviews are scheduled for April 5 at 5pm.

For information and to apply online, visit LosGatosCA.gov/CommissionApplication

For questions, contact the Clerk Department at [email protected] or 408.354.6834.

Locals named to RIT Dean’s List

Two Los Gatos residents made the Dean’s List at Rochester Institute of Technology for the Fall 2021 semester.

Jayse Petersen, who is in the physics program, and Brian Baumann, who is in the software engineering program, were named to the list.

Full-time undergraduate students are eligible for Dean’s List if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete,” “D” or “F;” and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.

Rochester Institute of Technology, located in Rochester, N.Y., enrolls about 18,600 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs.

Staff Report
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