The Youth Art Exhibition was conceived when Phillips’ Mill decided to build on the success of its well-respected adult Art Exhibition, which began in 1929. As the adult show seeks participation from artists living within a 25 mile radius of the Mill, the YAE solicits participation from the art departments of high schools located within that radius. It is the art department at each school that selects the student work. Works are assessed by a juror selected by the Mill, and cash prizes are awarded. The art teachers have been enthusiastic supporters as well as integral to putting on the show. The YAE planning committee thanks all of them for their efforts. The exhibition could not continue without these dedicated teachers.
From its start in 2014, the show has grown in size each year, both in the number of artists and works displayed as well as the number of participating high schools. The amount of prize money awarded has also grown thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. The exhibition is free for the schools and the artists, no commission on sales is charged, and there is no admission fee for visitors. It augments the unique contribution of Phillips’ Mill to art in the community.
The Youth Art Exhibition runs 4 weekends from mid-January to mid- February. Exhibited pieces include sculpture, fine art and photography.