Huntsville, Ala. – The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) proudly presents its 32nd celebration of Youth Art Month (YAM) with the YAM 2019: Exhibition for Youth Art Month on display from March 10 through April 28.  Congressman Mo Brooks, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, and others are expected to attend an awards ceremony held at the Museum on Sunday, March 10.

Artwork from area students in Huntsville City, Madison City, Madison County, Athens City, Limestone County, Decatur City and Scottsboro City will be on display.

“​​The YAM 2019: Exhibition for Youth Art Month demonstrates the creativity and collaboration of the talented youth whose artwork emphasizes the quality arts in education programs in North Alabama,” said Laura E. Smith, Director of Education/Museum Academy at HMA.  “Join us as we celebrate the month of March as Youth Art Month – Museum visitors will have the opportunity to view portraits, landscapes and still-lifes done in a variety of media from drawing, painting, ceramics and mixed media.”

On view in the Guild Gallery at HMA from March 10 through April 28 will be the Congressional Art Competition’s winning piece that will be chosen from Congressman Mo Brooks’ 5th District.  At the end of its display at HMA, the piece will be sent to Washington, D.C. for a year-long display at the U.S. Capitol.

In addition to the students’ works being showcased in the galleries, the Juried Art Teachers’ Biennial will be on view. HMA will also present the 17 Blue Ribbon Finalists’ artworks from the Visual Arts Achievement (VAA) Program.  HMA is the local VAA District V sponsor for the Alabama State Council on the arts (ASCA) program.  The selected VAA works, which were created by local middle and high school students, will be sent to Montgomery to be displayed alongside other regional winners’ pieces in the Georgine Clarke Alabama Artists Gallery at ASCA.

The Opening Reception will be from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on March 10. Award presentations for VAA Blue Ribbon Finalists and the Congressional Art Competition will be at 2:00 pm in the Great Hall.  Artist demonstrations will take place in the galleries.  There will be FREE admission to the Museum on March 10.


About Youth Art Month

Youth Art Month is observed nationally each March to emphasize the value of art education for children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs.  Major support for the 2019 YAM: Exhibition for Youth Art Month at HMA provided by Presenting Sponsor: Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc.    Additional sponsors: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Joyce Griffin, Courtney and John Allen, and Walmart.  Additional support was given by The Alabama State Council on the Arts, Alabama Arts Alliance and the Huntsville Museum of Art Guild.

Youth Art Month is endorsed by The National Art Education Association, Alabama Art Education Association, Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama Arts Alliance and locally by the Huntsville-Madison County Art Education Association.

About the Huntsville Museum of Art

The Huntsville Museum of Art is a non-profit municipal corporation established by the City of Huntsville, Alabama, and governed by a city-appointed Museum Board.  The Museum seeks to foster understanding of the visual arts and appreciation of artistic achievement.  In addition to its galleries and exhibitions, the Museum offers art classes for children and adults along with special programs, lectures and musical presentations.  Rental space is also available for weddings, meetings and other events.