Art for Arts’s Sake

Thirty-four student artists from public schools throughout the county were honored when their work was accepted for display at the COE. Their work—selected from 280 submissions—now will hang alongside more than 600 other pieces that have been collected in the past 12 years.

The Santa Clara County Office of Education has been, for the past twelve years, been building an impressive collection of children’s artwork. I wasn’t aware of this until recently though.

From the SCCOE web site:

Thirty-four student artists from public schools throughout the county were honored when their work was accepted for display at the COE (County Office of Education). Their work—selected from 280 submissions—now will hang alongside more than 600 other pieces that have been collected in the past 12 years. We welcome visitors who want to stroll through our hallways and view the creations of our talented students.

My daughter Olivia was one of those selected this year. A month ago, we attended an unexpectedly moving awards ceremony, at which educators and major Bay Area arts figures spoke about the importance of art in both education, and life.

This year’s winners are here, and below is Olivia’s piece, which now hangs in the main hallway in the SCCOE building (click to see larger).

Yeah. Dad’s proud.

0 thoughts on “Art for Arts’s Sake”

  1. Eve, I think it was colored pencil. She said her arm hurt for two days after she finished it, because it took so long to get the intensity of color with said medium.

    Syl, yeah, she’d been studying Escher.

  2. Dad has reason to be proud! That’s a fine, fine piece. It’s awesome. I’m glad that she has the opportunity to have a permanent piece hanging somewhere. She’ll remember that. A very good thing.

  3. Uneducated flyover-state guy here, but imho, the thematic maturity here is far more remarkable than the artwork itself, which given the medium, is pretty damned good.

  4. This is exactly magnificient. I love the colors and the perspective. Lots to think about. Conformity > freedom ? (I suck at interpreting art.)

    Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

    E

  5. That’s awesome.

    Also weird you should mention Escher, because just 10 minutes ago Liam suddenly stopped reading Tom Sawyer out loud to me and said “that freaks me out”…pointing to my print of Escher’s “Relativity” which I yet to hang in my office.

  6. I have always LOVED Escher, and your daughter’s art is really good! I was going to tack on “for her age” out of habit, but screw that… it’s really good, *period*! (Besides, I don’t remember how old she is, if I’ve ever read it on here.)

    Congratulations to her, and to proud dad. I’ve seen far less talented pieces sell for considerable money on eBay.

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