North Carolina Art Education Association Presents "Artful Expressions: From the Mountains to the Sea" K-12 Student Art Exhibit and Performances

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The U.S. Department of Education and the North Carolina Art Education Association (NCAEA) will open an art exhibit of two- and three-dimensional works by K-12 students from school districts all across North Carolina at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21, at the department's headquarters in Washington, D.C. "Artful Expressions: From the Mountains to the Sea" features 61 works and is open through July.

In addition to the works of visual art, the opening event will feature musical selections by elementary school student pianists from Liberty Prep Christian Academy in Mooresville, violinists from Greenville Korean Language School in Greenville and Brevard Elementary School in Brevard, and a dancer from Tanglewood Elementary School in Lumberton. A reception at 10 a.m. prior to the opening will feature piano and flute music by North Carolina art teachers from Yadkinville Elementary School in Yadkinville and Forbush Middle School in Forbush.

The event also will feature remarks by Laurie Calvert, U.S. Department of Education teacher liaison; Sandra Ruppert, director of the Arts Education Partnership; Sandra Williams, NCAEA president; Penny Freeland, NCAEA D.C. exhibit chair and art teacher at Forbush Middle School in East Bend, N.C.; and Codi Alyssa Brindle, a 12th-grade student at Hobbton High School in Newton Grove, N.C.

The next student art exhibit opening will take place on Sept. 13 and include works by the 2013 winners of the 90-year-old Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition comprising photography, 2- and 3-D works, multimedia, film, animation, teen writing and game design. The competition is sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Other upcoming exhibits at the department can be found here.

The U.S. Department of Education's Student Art Exhibit program, now in its 10th year, features visual art created by students in U.S. and international schools, and provides students and teachers the opportunity to display creative work from the classroom in a highly public space. The exhibits also celebrate and recognize the importance of arts education while providing Department employees and visitors an artistic environment created by students from around the world in grades K through professional art school.

Note: Please find the following samples of three student's artwork—example, example, example.