Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition

Abilene Education Foundation Presents

Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition

Abilene Education Foundation (AEF) was proud to present the 10th Annual AEF Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition, which ran from March 31st – April 15th at The Grace Museum in downtown Abilene. The artwork was then moved to Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union, 3849 Antilley Road, from April 17th – May 12, 2017.

The annual juried art competition offers every Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art student in Abilene ISD an opportunity to have artwork selected for a museum exhibition and to compete for valuable college scholarships. The exhibition is a collaborative effort by AEF, Abilene ISD, and The Grace Museum and featured works from 50 students this past year.

The goals of the exhibition are to celebrate young master artists and their dedicated teachers for demonstrating excellence in artistic expression and education and to recognize their outstanding artistic expression with a quality museum exhibition. The Young Masters exhibition extends the supporting role of AEF with AISD and will impact the future of not only the students selected for the show, but all AP art students, by inspiring them to reach their full potential. Additionally, it provides students acclamation that may further enhance opportunities for acceptance into premier higher education art programs.

Each year, all paintings and photography for the show are professionally framed and scholarships are awarded to the Best in Show and all top winners. A color catalog and CD is presented to all artists selected for the show so they will have permanent documentation for their portfolio. The students will also be able to use the catalog and professional photography of their work as an important part of their college application submissions if they choose to pursue higher education in visual arts.


2016-2017 AP Studio Art teachers for AISD are Amanda Baldwin, Jason Clements, Sherry Griffith, Elizabeth Joy, Marsha Morgan and April Rifenburg.

The 2018 Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition will be at The Grace Museum from March 30th until April 14th.