The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is pleased to present the thirty-second annual Youth Art Month exhibition. This show celebrates the multifaceted talents and artistic achievements of Sheboygan County’s youth while recognizing and applauding the devoted art educators who encourage and guide these young artists. The works in this gallery, created during the 2017–2018 school year by students enrolled in kindergarten through high school, were chosen by art teachers throughout the county. Students were encouraged to consider drawing inspiration from the Arts Center’s Unseen Forces exhibition series through processes such as painting, sketching, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, and photography. Created from a variety of materials, these works range from exuberant to introspective.
This exhibition reminds us of the value of an arts education. Students who participate in art classes stretch their creativity, build self-esteem, and strengthen critical thinking skills. From dance and music to theatre and the visual arts, the arts give children a unique means of expression, capturing their passions and emotions, and allowing them to explore new ideas, subject matter, and cultures. The individuality expressed in these pieces demonstrates the power of art as an outlet for expression. The arts integrate life and learning for all students and are integral in the development of the whole person.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website