The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is pleased to present the thirty-first annual Youth Art Month exhibition. This show celebrates the multifaceted talents and artistic achievements of Sheboygan County’s youth while recognizing and applauding the devoted art educators who encourage and guide these young artists. The works in this gallery, created during the 2016–2017 school year by students enrolled in kindergarten through high school, were chosen by art teachers throughout the county. Students were encouraged to consider drawing inspiration from the Arts Center’s THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED exhibition series through processes such as painting, sketching, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, and photography. Created from a variety of materials, these works range from exuberant to introspective.
This exhibition reminds us of the value of an arts education. Students who participate in art classes stretch their creativity, build self-esteem, and strengthen critical thinking skills. From dance and music to theatre and the visual arts, the arts give children a unique means of expression, capturing their passions and emotions, and allowing them to explore new ideas, subject matter, and cultures. The individuality expressed in these pieces demonstrates the power of art as an outlet for expression. The arts integrate life and learning for all students and are integral in the development of the whole person.
We would like to thank the following educators and schools from Sheboygan County for participating in the exhibition: Cedar Grove-Belgium Elementary, Middle, and High Schools; Cleveland Elementary School; Cooper Elementary School; Elementary School for the Arts and Academics; Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Middle School; Farnsworth Middle School; Grant Elementary School; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School; Horace Mann Middle School; Howards Grove Elementary, Middle, and High Schools; IDEAS Academy; Immanuel Lutheran School; Jackson Elementary School; James Madison Elementary School; Jefferson Elementary School; Kohler Elementary, Middle, and High Schools; Lake Country Academy; Lincoln-Erdman Elementary School; Longfellow Elementary School; Pigeon River Elementary School; Plymouth Fairview Elementary School; Plymouth Horizon Elementary School; Plymouth Parkview Elementary School; Tom Larsen from Plymouth Riverview Middle School; Random Lake Elementary and Middle Schools; Sheboygan Central High School; Sheboygan Christian School; Rocky Hoes from Sheboygan Falls Elementary School; Andrea Fischer from Sheboygan Falls Middle School; St. Mary Catholic School; Sheboygan North High School; Sheboygan South High School; Sheridan Elementary School; The MOSAIC School; Urban Middle School; Washington Elementary School; and Wilson Elementary School.