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Underground exhibit brings youth talents to the fore

March 13, 2006|by JANET HEIM

Student artwork went to new depths in the third annual Underground Art Exhibit in Annapolis. Titled Artistic Visions - Celebrating March as Youth Art Month, the exhibit runs through April 17.

It showcases artwork by more than 600 elementary, middle and high school students from public schools and Association of Independent Maryland Schools in the state of Maryland.

The exhibit is named for its location - in the tunnels that run between the State Buildings and the Legislative Services Building. The display is a way to thank legislators for their support of art education, while celebrating excellence in art education.

Through the Maryland Art Education Association, county fine-arts supervisors were to invite every public school art teacher in their county to submit a piece of artwork for the exhibit.

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The exhibit - which is open during State House business hours - is open to the public. The state buildings are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the Legislative Services Building at 90 State Circle has access to the tunnels until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the legislative session.

No visitors are allowed on weekends due to security risks. All visitors will be asked to go through a security checkpoint and adults will be asked to show photo identification.

Washington County public school students whose artwork was selected include:

  • Arthur Anderson, Old Forge Elementary School

  • Brianna Black, Smithsburg Elementary School

  • Matt Connor, South Hagerstown High School

  • Trudy Dacosta, North Hagerstown High School

  • Erica Feigley, Emma K. Doub Elementary School

  • Jonathan Henesy, Clear Spring Elementary School

  • Dallas Keister, Eastern Elementary School

  • Brendon McCusker, Hancock Elementary School

  • Heather Ramey, Boonsboro Middle School

  • Molly Schweinhart, Smithsburg High School

  • Lexi Turano, E. Russell Hicks Middle School

  • Sarah Worsham, Potomac Heights Elementary School

  • Andrew Yacyk, Paramount Elementary School
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