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Fine Arts Association to host student art show

The Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association’s Youth Advisory Council is inviting young artists in the area to submit their artwork to be featured in a student art show this summer.

All students from kindergarten through college are eligible to submit their work. Entries should be emailed to fdfinearts@gmail.com before May 25 to be included. All artists will be accepted into the art show, and depending on space availability, artists may be allowed to show more than one piece.

“This is something new,” said Shelly Bottorff, executive director of the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association. “We got our gallery space about three years ago and since then, we focused on local artists, but we haven’t really had a lot of opportunities to feature student artwork.”

The association’s Youth Advisory Council, which was started earlier this year, is made up of students from Fort Dodge Senior High, St. Edmond Catholic School and Fort Dodge Middle School. Bottorff said through meetings with the Youth Advisory Council, they learned what the members of the council were passionate about creating and decided that hosting a student art show could help bring awareness to the arts within their schools and communities.

The Student Art Show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 19 at the FDFAA Arts Gallery, 921 Central Ave. Admission is free and there will be refreshments.

Bottorff said the council is accepting one entry from each artist for now, but if space allows, they will let the artists know if they can bring more artwork in.

“I imagine we’ll get a lot of paintings and photography, drawings,” Bottorff said. “I think it would be interesting to get some pottery, pieces of metalwork, things with texture. We can also take jewelry and things.”

She said that submissions don’t necessarily have to be art that would be hung up on a wall.

Artists will also have the opportunity to sell the pieces of artwork they exhibit at the show — 70% of the sale will go to the student and 30% of the sale will go to the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association to support programming like this student art show.

“I think it’s important to highlight all the art and culture in our community and this is just another important aspect of that,” Bottorff said. “That is entirely what the Fort Dodge Fine Arts mission is.”

She said she would love to make this student art show an annual event, adding that because it would be hard to schedule it during the school year, it would likely be a summer event.

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