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Almaden Valley, Rose Garden students’ artworks reveal ‘Unarmed Truth’

Six students from Almaden Valley high schools and one from a Rose Garden area campus are among 83 finalists in the annual ArtNow exhibition at New Museum Los Gatos, aka NUMU.

NUMU’s Santa Clara County-wide high school art competition drew entries from more than 800 students from Palo Alto to Gilroy.

Leland High School students with artwork in the juried exhibit are Akemi Marcotte and Desiree Vu-de Leon. Pioneer High School is represented by Lynn Choe, Namita Hegde, Eleri Kane and Abigail Kifle. Lincoln High School junior Gillian Birdsong also has a piece in the show.

The juried exhibition will be on display from March 31 to June 25 at NUMU, located at 106 E. Main St., Los Gatos.

This year’s theme, “Unarmed Truth,” was co-created with the ArtNow Teen Council, and students were encouraged to find inspiration from leaders and social movements that helped them understand, embody or uphold a hidden truth as a community.

NUMU created the teen council last August to help the ArtNow program to be more widely accessible and more relevant to teenagers living across Santa Clara County. Members include students from Los Gatos and Los Altos high schools, as well as Mitty, Leland, Leigh and Independence high schools, located in various areas of San Jose.

Winners will be selected in each medium, including painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, photography, digital art and video animation, as well as Best in Show and People’s Choice awards. Winning artists could receive scholarships and awards totaling $10,000.

The 2022 ArtNow exhibit’s theme was “Brave New World,” and students were asked to submit artwork that reflected their vision of the world to come. Palo Alto High School’s Gina Bae won Best in Show.

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