An annual exhibition of work by art teachers in San Diego County schools has blanketed the walls of the San Diego County Office of Education's Linda Vista campus with mixed media, sketches, photography, and oil paintings.
The 2017-18 San Diego County Art Educators' Exhibition features about 30 works by 15 artists. SDCOE has supported art teachers by giving them a chance to showcase their personal work for the public for about a decade.
“Having served as principal of a high school for the arts, I have an intimate knowledge of the power of the arts,” County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold said. “Strong arts teachers and strong arts programs can prepare kids for a variety of college and career paths.”
Donald Masse, an art teacher in San Diego Unified School District, manages the exhibit through his work with the San Diego chapter of the California Art Education Association.
"It's often challenging for art teachers to pursue exhibit opportunities after putting so much time and energy into guiding children in the language of visual art all day, and this exhibit is geared specifically toward giving them a built-in opportunity to share their personal work with a community audience," Masse said.
The artwork will be on display in Building 3 on the SDCOE Linda Vista campus until April 3, when the exhibit will close with a reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. There, guests can speak to the artists about their work.
“The County Office of Education is honored to display the personal work of our outstanding art teachers in our community,” County Board of Education President Guadalupe González said. “Such an exhibit further demonstrates the importance and value of arts education.”
SDCOE is located at 6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, 92111.