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Student art returns to museum walls

84th McKee Exhibition has more than 1100 artworks from 54 San Joaquin County Schools

The Haggin Museum continues the longest-running student art competition in the United States. The exhibition was first envisioned by the museum’s founding patron, Robert T. McKee, whose goal was to encourage students by providing a public venue for their artworks.

All schools in San Joaquin County—public, private, charter and homeschools—receive invitations to submit their work. Every year we receive on average 1,000 pieces of art chosen by teachers as the best of their class. The arts – visual arts, music, dance, poetry and stories – connect us to the world and each other. The critical thinking skills the arts teach our children are as important as the pleasure they bring to the classroom and museum. Celebrate the arts in education with us during the McKee Student Art Exhibit, the longest running student art exhibition in the country! The Haggin Museum is proud to feature the work of student artists from kindergarten through grade 12 in the 84th Annual McKee Student Art Contest and Exhibition. 

Opening Reception: Join us for a really big party to celebrate the 84th McKee Student Art Contest & Exhibition  — this year we welcome students, their families and teachers on Saturday, February 7 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. This event is FREE to everyone and sponsored by the Junior Women’s Group of the Haggin Museum who will provide punch and cookies for guests. For more information, call (209) 940-6315 or e-mail [email protected]

The Haggin Museum Education Department is proud to announce the selection of Mira Woodworth as this year’s McKee Exhibition judge. Woodworth is an award-winning glass artist whose work has been featured in many juried shows and invitational exhibits. Her innovative designs have been published in Art Jewelry Magazine as well as in a comprehensive survey, “Sculpture and Design with Recycled Glass.” While her focus remains on glass, she also incorporates bronze, found objects and mixed media into her pieces. Woodworth will also present a program as part of the Museum's 1st & 3rd Thursday series on March 5th about her transition from a life in the business world to a career as an artist.

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