The 9th annual Phillips’ Mill Youth Art Exhibition opened Saturday, Jan. 29 and will run through Feb. 27.
This year’s online-only show features over 150 works by students from 23 area public and private high schools — a record number.
The Youth Art Exhibition Committee was thrilled to have Lambertville’s award winning filmmaker and painter, Bill Jersey, as this year’s juror. Judging took place in four categories: Painting, Works on Paper, Digital Art & Photography, and 3-Dimensional Works. Students are awarded cash prizes thanks to Phillips’ Mill community members and sponsors.
This year’s winner of Best in Show is Annika Crawford from George School. Her oil painting, titled “Alton,” was described by Jersey as “Exceptional… Extraordinary… Hard to believe a student has done this piece.” He added, “All the entrants deserve praise… and all the art teachers who have taught these kids should get applause.”
The 2022 First Place winners are: Madison Talbert of Ewing High School for Painting, “Luck In Boldness”; Caroline Colman of Central Bucks High School West for Works on Paper, “Repetitive Mornings”; Dongfang Qu of Princeton Day School for Digital Art & Photography, “Lost in Paradise”; and Anna Williamson of Council Rock High School North for 3-Dimensional Work, “Nest.”
The Youth Art Exhibition is the only one of its kind in the area. Nowhere else can you see the works of so many young artists.
“The program was launched in 2014 to support the artistic community of the future, and to offer aspiring artists in our region the chance to gain exposure and experience exhibiting with a prestigious arts organization,” said Kathy Schroeher, co-chair of the Youth Art Exhibition. The show is completely supported by the show’s sponsors and the Mill. No entry fees are charged.
When the show is open to the public in the historic Phillips’ Mill on River Road, works are offered for sale. Due to the online-only nature of the show this year due to Covid, no sales will be possible this year.