NOVEMBER 26, 2014

Extraordinary young talents on display in Regional Teen Art Competition

Ninth Annual event presented by Arts Council of the North Valley
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NORTH PHOENIX – Emerging young artists from North Valley high schools will be exhibiting their work as part of the 9th Annual Regional Teen Art Competition (RTAC) on Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7. The exhibition, presented by the Arts Council of the North Valley (ACNV) and open to the public, will be held both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the recently opened Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way in Anthem. Admission is free.

This “Artists in Studio” event will feature mixed media, ceramics, oil, acrylic, photography and more, all created by students from North Valley high schools. Participating students will be recognized at a reception open to the public on Sunday, December 7, from 2:30 – 4 p.m. As part of the reception, ACNV will present awards for Best in Show, Award of Excellence in Painting/Drawing, Photography, and 3-Dimensional art, and Honorable Mention. Award winners are selected by a panel of professional artists and art educators.

Attendees from the public also are invited to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award, presented during the awards reception. Each person casting a vote becomes eligible to win tickets to the ProMusica Arizona performance of Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 13, in Scottsdale.

“The Regional Teen Art Competition is one of the earliest educational programs developed by ACNV,” says Jon Meyers, 2014 RTAC Co-chair. “RTAC makes it possible to exhibit, in a true gallery setting, visual fine art by ninth- to twelfth-grade students. That’s an opportunity they don’t get often. And the quality of works on display just gets better every year! These are truly gifted artists.”

ACNV’s fundamental purpose is promoting arts education and established the Regional Teen Art Competition in 2005 to encourage young artists to exhibit their work in a professional venue. Participating high schools from throughout the North Valley include Boulder Creek, Deer Valley, Liberty, Mountain Ridge, Pinnacle, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Sunrise Mountain, as well as BASIS Peoria and teen art students from the Northside Home Educators and Anthem Art Academy organizations.

“ACNV is passionate about providing opportunities for young people. We encourage the community to support these exceptional artists by coming to the exhibit,” states Mary Sue Hyatt, ACNV board president. “It is always amazing to see such impressive young talent!”

To learn more about the 2014 ACNV Regional Teen Art Competition visit or contact Jon Meyers at 623-205-5608.