Youth Art Exhibit Returns to LCVA – Farmville

The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts is thrilled to once again host Start with Art, Learn for Life: The Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition, one of the largest celebrations of youth art in the United States. All members of the community are invited to join the artists and their families for a special opening reception for children on Saturday, June 11, from 2 to 4 p.m.

This year’s exhibit features more than 1,250 works of art created by K-12 students from 21 public, private and home schools in seven counties, including Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward. More than 800 elementary and pre-school students from across Prince Edward County came together with art teachers Joy Utzinger and Jean Martin to create the centerpiece of the exhibit – an installation inspired by the work of groundbreaking American artist Georgia O’Keefe.

“Art teachers like Joy Utzinger and Jean Martin are truly the unsung heroes in cultivating and developing a love of the arts in our communities,” noted Rachel Talent Ivers, Executive Director of LCVA. “We are so lucky to have them as partners.”

With the return of the annual Youth Art exhibition also comes the return of its long-time sponsor, the Southside Electric Cooperative. “It is an honor to support the LCVA, especially the Youth Art Show,” said Ron White, SEC Vice President, Membership and Public Relations. “Knowing that this program touches many young lives, many of whom live in SEC-served households, is gratifying. Thank you, LCVA for enriching the communities we serve.

The exhibit is on view through September 11 during normal gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.

About LCVA

The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts presents a rotating program of inspiring and conversational exhibitions. Admission to the LCVA and its programs is – and always has been – free to all. It is located at the intersection of Main and Third Streets (129 North Main Street) in Farmville, Virginia. For more information on exhibits, programs and events, contact LCVA at (434) 395-2206 or visit

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