Student art on display in nation's capital

Aug 21, 2012

The artwork of dozens of New Mexico students is on display at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., as part of a special exhibition.

"New Mexico: Best of the Best" will run through the end of the month. It includes photographs, paintings and drawings featuring everything from crayons and markers to chalk, oil paints and computer graphics.

State education officials say the exhibition features 66 works from students in Albuquerque, Bloomfield, Hobbs, Gadsden, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and Tucumcari. The work of some charter school students is also included.

The artwork was created by students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The state Public Education Department says the nonprofit New Mexico Art Education Association received a late-hour opportunity from the federal agency to put on the exhibition. It took a couple of months to organize.