NCCU Art Museum Welcomes Durham Public School Student Artist Exhibit

The North Carolina Central University Art Museum is once again showcasing the work of Durham’s best and brightest young artists. “Durham’s Finest,” an annual exhibit of art created by Durham Public Schools students, will open on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m.

“Durham’s Finest” comprises works by 220 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. “This unique show is the school system’s only district-wide art exhibit,” said Mary Casey, director of K-12 arts education for the school district. “It shows the progression and artistic development of the students.”

At a reception on Sunday, Casey and Kenneth Rodgers, director of the art museum, will present awards to several student artists. “Hosting the exhibit allows the museum to give students the rare opportunity to see their artwork in a real museum setting,” said Rodgers. A string quartet from Jordan High School, under the direction of Wendy Davidson, will perform. The exhibit will run until Feb. 10.

The NCCU Art Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call the NCCU Art Museum at 530-6211. Admission is free.

Image #1: “Ascending to Heaven” by  Brandon James
Southern High School, Grade 12

Image #2: “City Girl” by Autumn Mullin
Brogden Middle School, Grade 7

Image #3: “Woven Reed Basket” by Portia McPhatter
Hillandale Elementary School, Grade 4