A group of high school students are proving that you are never too young to be an artist.

Workers at the Tyler Museum of Art are hard at work this week setting up the museum's 13th Annual High School Art Exhibition, featuring works from more than 70 students from Tyler to Elkhart.

Curator Kelsey Sparkman knows firsthand how excited the students are. Her work was on display during her senior year of high school, and now she's helping new students achieve the same success.

"It's really important for the kids," she said. "They'll be in here during the opening and you'll get to see them walk up to their piece with their family all around them."

Award winners will be named in a juried selection, as well as an audience favorite category from votes placed by visitors to the exhibit. 

Winners will be selected for Best in Show and Merit of Honor awards.

Most of the pieces are from high school seniors, but a small portion of the exhibit is dedicated to up and coming artists from 10th and 11th grade. Each campus is allowed to name one up and coming artist.

Meagan Killian, a junior at Whitehouse High School, was selected as the up and coming artsist for the campus.

Her piece is about taking a stand against the status quo. It is called "Society Killed a Teenager."

"It's a real privilege because there was only one artist selected for the up and coming," Miss Killian said. "I was really happy to kind of get my voice out there and show what my stand is and have an opinion in the world."

Whitehouse Senior Amanda Creaph also will have her artwork exhibited.

Her piece, "Sayonara," is based on the japanese folk song. She was inspired to paint it after playing the song in band.

The free exhibit opens at 2 p.m. Sunday April 2, and runs through April 30.



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