ROCKFORD - Nearly 400 K-8 students at 65 local schools will participate in the 78th Rockford Art Museum's Young Artist Youth Division show, kicking off on Sunday.
The public opening and awards ceremony runs from 1 - 3 p.m. Recognition awards, one per grade, will be announced at 2 p.m. during the free public opening. Students and teachers of any grade at any school receive free admission to Rockford Art Museum, according to Community Relations at RAM Sarah Bursley McNamara.
On display will be 375 paintings, drawings, sculptures, mixed media, and more by students from schools in Winnebago County.
Local students displaying there work will be from Kinnikinnick School, Roscoe Middle School and Ledgewood School in Roscoe and Prairie Hill Elementary School and Willowbrook Middle School in South Beloit, along with Rockton Grade School and Whitman Post Elementary in Rockton.
.Kinnikinnick School: Fifth graders Sammy Castelli, Madeline Grady and Peyton Champagne will be in the show, along with fourth graders Morgan DiGangi and Annika Londo.
.Ledgewood School: Kindergärtner Indira Tripodi and Georgia Speer will be joined by first graders Sara Chu, Emma Heidenreich and Amelia Tedder.
.Prairie Hill: Prairie Hill will see first grader Mason Binger, kindergärtner Sophia Kenny, third grader Avery Lovejoy, second grader Morgan Smith and fourth grader Camryn Swindell compete.
.Willowbrook Middle School: Fifth grader Sydney Atkins, eighth grader Amanda Harris; seventh grader Isabelle Molitor and sixth grader Cadence Thurman will be part of the show.
.Rockton Grade School: Second graders Adyson Smith, Sullivan Butler and Alissa Liebert, with kindergärtner Bella Rodriguez, and first grader Gwen Vanderheyden will represent Rockton.
.Whitman Post Elementary: Fourth grader Yemaya Arce-Lynch, third graders Tim Caver, AlyssaConnors, Kennedy Kovarik and fifth grader Cooper Zovitowski will participate.