Almost 100 high school artists will enjoy what Andy Warhol called their 15 minutes of fame when the 12th annual High School Art Exhibition opens Sunday at the Tyler Museum of Art.

The exhibit kicks off with a 2 p.m. reception Sunday, April 1, at the museum. The TMA crew goes all out for the show, treating it as they would any other exhibit opening, Executive Director Christopher Leahy said.

"We give our student artists an opening just like a regular opening night," Leahy said. "We make it, I hope, a big deal for them and for their parents."

The pieces in the show are selected and submitted by art teachers at 11 high schools in Smith and surrounding counties. Once the show is up, three working artists from the Tyler area will judge the work, awarding four merit awards and the top best of show awards. Winners will be announced during the opening reception Sunday, Leahy said.

Also, during the course of the exhibit, visitors are invited to vote for their favorite piece. The student artist whose work receives the most votes will receive a people's choice award. All award winners receive gift certificates to purchase art supplies.

Leahy said the High School Art Exhibition is probably one of his favorites. The show benefits both the museum and the young artists who participate.

"This is a great exhibition. I love this one," he said. "This connects us with the community, and it lets the community see what their kids are doing.

"The young artist's work is displayed among their peers," Leahy said. "They get to see themselves in comparison to other artists of their age and their era."

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What: 12th Annual High School Art Exhibition

When: Opening Reception 2 p.m Sunday, April 3, for the exhibit that runs through Friday, May 1

Where: Tyler Museum of Art, 1200 S. Mahon Ave., Tyler



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