2nd Annual All-District Art Show to highlight student talent in Ventura

Marina Bretz Portrait of a Friend

Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) has announced the 2nd Annual VUSD Art Show, highlighting its incredibly talented K-12 student artists, will open on Thursday, April 18, 2019. A VUSD Artists Opening and Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) Reception will take place from 6-8 pm at the Museum of Ventura County. This event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.00, with all proceeds supporting VUSD’s Art programs.

“We are very proud of the long history Ventura Unified, and our community has of supporting the arts in our schools. Arts education is critical in helping all of our students be well-rounded citizens in the modern economy – one where creativity and technology interact in continually evolving ways,” stated Sabrena Rodriguez, VUSD Board President, and longtime Ventura Arts Collaborative member.

The juried show will run at the Museum from April 19-May 5, Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am-5 pm. During the course of the exhibit, the museum is offering a discounted family membership to all VUSD families. May 5, 2019, will be the show’s closing day featuring “People’s Choice Awards” and entertainment. This event will be free to the public from 11 am-5 pm.

VUSD offers an incredible array of Arts education, beginning in elementary school with curriculum-aligned art instruction for all students. The caliber of these student artists is a testament to the investment our community has made into preserving and expanding Arts education.

The show is made possible through the efforts of the Ventura Arts Collaborative, a cooperative program of Ventura Unified School District, the City of Ventura, Ventura Education Partnership and the Museum of Ventura County.

“The Museum of Ventura County is proud to collaborate with and support VUSD and VEP in their ongoing efforts to elevate the arts in the lives of Ventura youth. These young artists deserve to have their work displayed for all to enjoy,” stated Denise Sindelar, Museum Programs Director.

Featured artists include:

Maria Aguilar a Senior at Buena High School where she is in her second year of art.

Marina Bretz a Senior Buena High School is a digital, watercolor, and colored pencil artist who focuses on creating playful, crisp art in a cartoonish, colorful style.

Justice McKenzie is a Sophomore Foothill Technology High School

Shea Sullivan a Junior Foothill Technology High School who since a young age, has been passionate about art and nature.

Laura Kemble a Junior Ventura High School this is her third year of art.

For more information on the 2nd Annual VUSD Student Art Show, contact Nancy Kellogg, VUSD Elementary Art Teacher at nancy.kellogg@venturausd.org.

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