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Maude Kerns Art Center Presents
Fast Forward:
The Mayor's Teen Art Show

Exhibit Dates
September 11 - October 2

Reception & Awards:
Friday, September 25, 6 - 8pm

Maude Kerns Art Center Announces
The Mayor’s Teen Art Show Award Winners
Exhibit on View through Friday, October 2

The Maude Kerns Art Center, Comcast, and the City of Eugene are proud to announce Mayor Kitty Piercy’s selection for the “Mayor’s Choice Award” as well as other teen award winners among the 36 artists exhibiting in “Fast Forward: The Mayor’s Teen Art Show.” Comcast celebrates its tenth year as the Title Sponsor for the Art Center’s 2015 Mayor’s Teen Art Show. The exhibit is on view through Friday, October 2 . Awards included cash, Oregon Art Supply gift certificates, and a complimentary membership to Maude Kerns Art Center.

The Mayor’s Choice Award:
The State of the Union, paper collage by Mara Downing, age 17, Oak Hill School

The Comcast Choice Award:
Splattered, photograph by Heather Branchaud, age 15, South Eugene High School

The Maude Kerns Art Center Choice Award:
Inside My Head, marker and pen drawing by Haley Wiltshire, age 16, Academy of Arts & Academics

Artist Recognition Awards:

Tytomoth, marker and pen drawing by Megan Borns, age 16, Academy of Arts & Academics

Winter’s Glow #3, watercolor by Sophie Doleman, age 17, Pleasant Hill High School

Hummingbird, acrylic on canvas by Samantha Ellis, age 15, Pleasant Hill High School

Light at the End of the Tunnel, oil on canvas by Davielle Renken, age 14, Monroe Middle School

The Maude Kerns Art Center presents the sixteenth annual “Fast Forward: The Mayor’s Teen Art Show,” opening on Friday, September 11 and on view through Friday, October 2. The Art Center gratefully acknowledges Comcast in its tenth year as the Title Sponsor for the “Mayor’s Teen Art Show.”

The Reception and Awards Ceremony take place on Friday, September 25, from 6 – 8 pm. At this time Mayor Kitty Piercy announces the Mayor’s Choice Award winner. In addition teen artists will be honored with the Comcast Choice Award, the Maude Kerns Art Center Award, and a number of Artist Recognition awards. This will be Kitty Piercy’s eleventh and final year as Mayor of Eugene selecting the Mayor’s Choice Award winner for “Fast Forward: The Mayor’s Teen Art Show.”

“The Mayor’s Teen Art Show” features the work of 42 teen artists from 13 different schools. The exhibit was juried by Art Center instructors Farley Craig and Annee McHarry, and by the 2014 Mayor’s Choice award winner, Tommy Newman. Artworks are in a variety of mediums, including acrylic, pencil, charcoal, pen, mixed media, watercolor, digital art, photography, ceramic, and paper collage. Also included in the “Mayor’s Teen Art Show” are selected stop-motion animation shorts and films created by students in the Art Center’s young adult movie-making summer camps.

Sisters Heather and Laura Branchaud from South Eugene High School are both exhibiting in the 2015 “Mayor’s Teen Art Show.” First-time exhibitor Heather, 15 years old, displays five inventive portrait photographs of her friends. In Two-faced, Heather creates a striking image by painting a black half silhouette on her model’s face. Eighteen-year-old Laura exhibits a watercolor and four detailed drawings done with sharpies. Her pieces are noteworthy for their elegantly drawn images of koi and floral patterns.

Nineteen-year-old Daphne Cox from Thurston High School has exhibited in every “Mayor’s Teen Art Show” since 2012, and has been honored with an award each year. Her work has been selected for the Comcast Choice Award (2012), an Artist Recognition Award (2013), and the Maude Kerns Art Center Choice Award (2014). An accomplished artist, Daphne often concentrates on emotive portraits, working with chalk pastel, charcoal, and acrylic, as well as with digital art.

Sixteen-year-old Haley Wiltshire of the Academy of Arts & Academics shows five vibrantly colored drawings in markers, colored pencil, and ballpoint pen. Haley says of her work: “I think art is a very powerful form of self-expression, and I try to put emotion into my work to give it depth and connect with the viewer.” In Soul Searcher, Haley creates a particularly dramatic effect by placing the head of a woman with brightly colored hair against a somber dark background.