The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech will present works of art created by area elementary school students during its “Young Artists” exhibition. A special opening celebration for the exhibition will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, from 4-6 p.m.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Ruth C. Horton Gallery and Francis T. Eck Exhibition Corridor, located in the Moss Arts Center at 190 Alumni Mall. 

The “Young Artists” exhibition celebrates the imagination of young minds and the many ways the arts can spark learning, growth, and creativity. Showcasing the art of area fifth graders, as well as the visions of art teachers from six Montgomery County elementary schools, “Young Artists” encourages budding talent and highlights the importance of the arts in everyday lives.

The exhibition will feature work from the following schools:

  • Gilbert Linkous Elementary: Lou Ann Thompson's students created works inspired by pop artists from the 1960s, including Andy Warhol, Wayne Thiebaud, and Roy Lichtenstein
  • Margaret Beeks Elementary: Kim Rasnake's students created pieces that are an interpretation of the ways African art, especially masks, inspired Pablo Picassos’ Cubist style
  • Harding Avenue Elementary: Rebecca Gove's students created self-portraits using Realist and Cubist drawing, inspired by discussions of the differences between a portrait and self-portrait and the art of Pablo Picasso
  • Kipps Elementary: Roselynn Hopkins' students combined elements inspired by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian’s use of lines, shapes, and colors to create art. A second class of students explored universal patterns in nature to create a landscape using an unconventional approach
  • Kipps Elementary and Belview Elementary: Peggy DeHart's class is celebrating uniqueness. These students painted their self-portraits on canvas.  
  • Price's Fork Elementary: Marcee Repass' class worked on pieces inspired by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. Students worked with metallic paints, oil pastels, and photographs of themselves to design works full of symbols and patterns, creating decorative expression.

The exhibition will be on display until Dec. 15. The center’s galleries regular hours are: Wednesday-Thursday, noon-6 p.m.; Friday, noon-9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. The galleries are free and open to the public.

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff possessing a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can enter and exit the garage free of charge. Event parking for visitors is $5. Event passes may be purchased in advance through the Center for the Arts box office or when entering the garage on event evenings. Limited street parking is also available. Parking on Alumni Mall is free on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends.