MOAH:CEDAR and the Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation (LMPAF) invite Antelope Valley residents and visitors to explore the 37th Annual AVUHSD (Antelope Valley Union High School District) Student Art Exhibition, open through May 15. 

The AVUHSD Student Art Exhibition gives students the opportunity to showcase their burgeoning artistic talent in a professional setting. Participating schools include nine high schools in the Antelope Valley Unified High School District.

This year’s show and award ceremony kicked off on March 31 with a record number of attendees and artworks shown, the most in the exhibition’s history. The portfolio review team from MOAH visited each participating school where they conducted more than 400 reviews with students, selecting over 500 works. The pieces are currently occupying the first floor of MOAH:CEDAR and MOAH’s new studio space, 606 Studio.

The student award ceremony recognized more than 90 students and gave over $2,000 in cash prizes. Awards were given by City of Lancaster leadership, including Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris; City Manager Jason Caudle; Assistant City Manager Trolis Niebla; PARCS Director Sonya Patterson; as well as the Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation; and MOAH staff.

State Sen. Scott Wilk (21st District) and State Assemblyman Tom Lackey’s (36th District) offices were also in attendance for the opening event.

Participating organizations that donated cash prizes and awards included Up All Night Ink; AMPED; FloraDonna’s; Modern Tea Room; Captain’s Collectables; Voodoo Vinyl; Mystic Gem Shop; Lakes and Valley Art Guild; MomsHouse; Horizon Comics; the AVC Art Department; and the Shaver Family.

Together with the Museum of Art & History, MOAH:CEDAR is a catalyst for engaging a diverse audience through captivating exhibitions, innovative artists, and dynamic programming.

The gallery aspires to encourage progressive ideas and experimental genres of artwork, which highlight performance, education, and studio practice. MOAH:CEDAR is open 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

For more information, visit www.lancastermoah.org/moah-cedar or call (661) 723-6250.

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