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Student artists in your neighborhood to be honored at Blaine House

Augusta, ME – Student artists from across Maine will receive recognition from Maine’s First Lady at a Blaine House ceremony at 2:00 pm, on Monday, April 11.

The students, from 17 schools, will receive certificates for their participation in the Maine Youth Excellence in Art exhibition that has been on display in the Capitol Complex since February.

“These works of art are inspiring and showcase the talent of our youth,” said Maine’s First Lady Ann LePage. “Two pieces of artwork are on display currently in the Blaine House and we are making space available for a third. This is a program Mainers can be proud of, and I hope visitors to Augusta will take the time to enjoy what these students have shared with our state.”
Students, teachers and family members from places as far afield as York, Mount Desert Island and Greenville will travel to the Blaine House on Monday where they will be welcomed by Maine’s First Lady, receive recognition for their work and then finally get to see their work on display in Maine’s Capitol buildings.

The work currently on display is part of the Maine Youth Excellence in Art program that is an ongoing partnership between Maine’s First Lady, the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine Alliance for Arts Education and the Maine Art Education Association. 

In the last five years this program has given young artists from Maine’s 818 public and private K-12 schools an opportunity to have their artwork exhibited in Augusta. To date, approximately 600 student works have been shown in the state capital.

Visitors interested in seeing the works can find them located in the north and south corridors of the Burton M. Cross Office Building, the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee room, the Health and Human Services Committee room, the Governor’s Reception Area, the Office of the Speaker of the House, and the Blaine House. This is an ongoing exhibit and the next group of artwork will be put on display at the end of May 2011.

The Maine Arts Commission currently houses an online gallery of the works that are displayed in the capital; the gallery can be found within the arts in education section of

All art displays in the Capitol are free and open to the public. Visitors with special needs are encouraged to call ahead. These exhibitions are a component of the Maine Arts Commission’s ongoing Arts in Education program. For more information about the Maine Youth Excellence in Art program or other arts in education programs and grant opportunities managed by the Maine Arts Commission please contact John Holdridge at or visit our website at

A full list of all schools that have provided artwork for the current exhibit is below.

Bucksport High School
Bucksport Middle School
Canaan Elementary School
Cape Elizabeth Middle School
Explorations Art Program
Falmouth Middle School
Fruit Street School
Greenville Schools
Jordan Acres School
Lincoln Academy
Madison Area Memorial High School
Mount Desert Island High School
Skowhegan Area Middle School
Wells Elementary
Wells Junior High School
Woodside Elementary School
York Middle School

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