“The Target,” mixed media, by Crusita Dennin, of Cathedral City High School.
“We Did This,” photograph, by Kate Cherry and Katelyn Nolan, of Cathedral City High School.

The Young Artists Exhibition, funded by the La Quinta Arts Foundation, engages young artists in a transformational art experience. Students participate in a juried exhibition, which is an important learning opportunity, and see their artworks matted, framed, lit and displayed in a museum-quality setting.

Experiencing their art installed in a museum can be a life-changing experience for a young artist—and that is what will be happening at the Artists Center at the Galen from Wednesday, April 26, through Sunday, May 21.

The Artists Council, in collaboration with local art educators, selected the theme TRUTH. Students created works of art in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, drawing and photography, exploring their ideas about the theme. Katherine Hough, curator, and Emily Culhan, art educator, juried the submitted works looking at creativity, originality and craftsmanship.

“Students created thoughtful and provocative works that explored their idea and understanding of TRUTH,” Culhan said. “The courage of young artists is impressive and inspiring.”

A total of 83 selected works from 14 high schools will be professionally displayed at the Artists Center. Admission is free, and the Artists Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

All exhibiting students will receive a certificate of recognition. Select students will be recognized for additional awards, and all participating teachers will receive a complimentary one-year membership to the Artists Council.

The Artists Council is proud to be a supporter of these early artistic endeavors. The Artists Center at the Galen is located at 72567 Highway 111, in Palm Desert. For more information, call 760-565-6130, or visit artistscouncil.com.

This piece was submitted on behalf of the Artists Council by Suzanne Fromkin.

“Time Is Running Out,” collage, by David Ceja and Jessica Gomez, of Desert Hot Springs High School.