CASA GRANDE — Teen artists in grades six to 12 are being sought to display their works in a new virtual art gallery being planned by the Casa Grande Public Library.
The gallery is designed as a showcase of teen artwork throughout the area and aims to recognize and support young talent.
“The virtual art gallery idea came from a couple of different inspirations,” said Julie Andersen, youth librarian. “I was searching for virtual programs to offer our teens since we cannot meet with them in person over the summer due to COVID-19. This was one idea that caught my attention as I know we have very creative teens in our area. “
Vista Grande High School art teacher Carlos Jimenez recently created a similar online gallery as a way for his students to display their works.
“It is amazing,” Andersen said. “I thought teens, grades 6-12, might like the opportunity to showcase their artwork this way too.”
The library began accepting submissions on Monday. Submissions will be accepted through June 20.
“I already have one entry and cannot wait to get more,” Andersen said. “Once I get all the pieces, the virtual gallery will be up for viewing in July.”
Submissions should be in the form of a digital copy of the artwork. When submitting a piece, artists should include their name, grade, the title of the piece, school name, email address and the town in which they reside.
Submitted artwork must be original and created by the teen submitting it.
“Artwork should be presented as professionally as possible,” the library’s rules for submissions say.
Each teen can submit up to three pieces but each piece must be sent in a different email.
For more information, send an email to Andersen at firstname.lastname@example.org.