In celebration of Youth Art Month the Kennebec Valley Art Association presented Higher Forms of Art, an exhibition of artwork by students from seven area high schools in partnership with the University of Maine at Augusta in the spirit of connecting and celebrating art, artists and community. Higher Forms of Art was on view in the Richmond Gallery in UMA’s Handley Hall at 331 Water Street in downtown Augusta from March 6-28, 2015. Nearly 100 people attended the opening on Friday, March 6 (see pictures below).
Higher Forms of Art gives emerging artists the opportunity to show their art in a professional gallery space, and to get a taste of what goes into organizing an art exhibition. Students participate in hanging the exhibition and help with planning and organizing the shows opening event. 2015 was the 9th year of this annual event celebrating arts in education at the high school level.
Higher Forms of Art is a project of the Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA), a 501(c)3 membership based non-profit founded in Augusta in 1958. The KVAA owns and operates the Harlow Gallery in downtown historic Hallowell.
Cony High School, Augusta, Jason Morgan
Hall-Dale High School, Farmingdale, Jane Higgins
Gardiner Regional High School, Gardiner, Meghann Gipson
Kents Hill School, Kents Hill, Babette Wheeldon
Monmouth Academy, Monmouth, Laura Damon
Maranacook Community High School, Readfield, Linda Nichols & Jeremy Smith
Richmond High School, Richmond, Jeff Orth
Photos by Robert Rainey, Assistant Professor of Photography at UMA