Showcasing Emerging Artists and Unveiling Valley Art Center’s New Education Program Manager

People’s Choice Award 2023: Vivienne González, Interpolation, oil and image transfer on wood, 48 X 48 inches.

Valley Art Center proudly presents the third edition of the Emerging Young Artists Exhibition, a captivating showcase running from March 22 to May 8. Following the triumph of last year’s display, which featured the exceptional work of 45 talented artists, this annual event continues to celebrate the creativity and passion of young artists from Northeast Ohio.

All artists aged 16 to 22 residing in Northeast Ohio or within a 50-mile radius were invited to submit one piece in any art medium. Last year, the exhibition was characterized by an air of innovation and moving explorations of identity. We are delighted to recognize Vivienne González as the recipient of last year’s People’s Choice award for her outstanding work, Interpolation. This year, Valley Art Center will be presenting more than $500 in awards.

Valley Art Center eagerly anticipates the diverse range of artistic expressions that the young talents of Northeast Ohio will bring to this exhibition in 2024. “By supporting the next generation of artists, we aim to foster the growth and development of the arts in our community,” says Assistant Director and Gallery Manager Julie Polsinelli, underscoring the importance of this initiative. “The Emerging Young Artists Exhibition serves as a vital platform for these budding talents to learn, grow, and network within their artistic community.”

In addition to this exciting exhibition, Valley Art Center is thrilled to introduce our new education program manager, Hannah Bates. An accomplished artist and educator with a profound passion for craft and material studies, Bates brings a unique perspective to her role, aligning seamlessly with our mission to provide enriching art education opportunities.

Expressing her commitment to art education, Hannah states, “art education empowers people to nourish their individual creativity, leading to a more vibrant community.” Holding an MFA in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Fine Arts from Columbus College of Art and Design, Hannah’s handcrafted objects explore the fluid boundaries between the body, raw materials, and the natural world. In her role as education program manager, Hannah brings a wealth of experience, a unique artistic perspective, and a dedication to nurturing the creative spirit in others. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with VAC’s incredible network of instructors and students and to contribute to the growth of class and workshop offerings.”

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3rd Annual Emerging Young Artists Exhibition, March 22–May 8. Opening 6pm Friday, March 22

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