Perhaps the biggest news in Mukilteo’s first student art contest is it isn’t just for local elementary, middle school and high school students.
Any student in the greater Seattle area may submit their ink, pencil, oil, pastel, paint or photography works for the competition. There’s no charge to enter.
Just keep in mind the deadline: Feb. 28.
The idea for the contest, a project of the Mukilteo Youth Advisory Committee, was championed by Angela Lee and her friend Angie Wang, two Kamiak High School students.
Lee talked with Wang about the idea for Mukilteo to have a youth art show, then suggested it to the committee at its meeting in September.
“She said, ‘Here’s what I want to do’ and had a very clear timeline,” said Karl Almgren, a city planner who is the staff liaison to the youth advisory committee.
The art show may be the most ambitious project undertaken by the group since it was formed in 2009, he said.
By opening the contest to students in the greater Seattle area, “it’s probably one of the biggest audiences they have reached out to,” he said.
Lee said she helped plan a “20 under 20” exhibition two years ago at the Bellevue Art Museum featuring works by artists age 20 and younger.
From that experience, she began thinking about a venue that would allow artists to display their art in Mukilteo as well.
Other area youth shows have a registration fee, she said. She wanted students to be able to enter Mukilteo’s contest online and without a fee.
“This will give a push to youth to be involved in art in their community,” Lee said.
Twelve winners will be selected, four each from elementary, middle school and high school entries.
All entries will be displayed at a reception at Rosehill Community Center scheduled for 5:30 p.m. March 21.
First, second and third place winners will have their art displayed at Mukilteo City Hall in April.
“We hope to make it an annual thing,” Wang said.
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Mukilteo Art Contest
An art contest open to any elementary, middle or high school student in the greater Seattle area is now accepting entries. There’s no entry fee. Ink, pencil, oil, pastel, paint and photography.
Entries are being accepted through 5 p.m. Feb. 28. The contest is being organized by the Mukilteo Youth Advisory Committee.
More info and link to registration packet: mukilteowa.gov/city-council/mukilteo-commissions-committees-boards/myac/mukilteoartcontest/