AUGUSTA — First Lady Ann M. LePage recently announced the selected artists for the Maine is ME Student Art Challenge. Artwork was submitted by 867 children in grades K-8 throughout Maine.

According to a press release, the selected artwork will be featured in the First Lady’s upcoming family-friendly “Love.Read.Learn!” baby journal, to be published in partnership with the Barbara Bush Foundation. The journal is a scrapbook-style booklet that promotes literacy and health to Maine families with newborn babies. The journal will be provided at no cost to parents of newborns in 2013.

“I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to every child who participated in the Maine is ME Art Challenge,” said First Lady Ann LePage in the release. “Congratulations to the selected artists. Maine children are enthusiastic and creative and certainly made this a tough decision.”

The artwork will be shown from 10 a.m. – noon Sunday at the University of New England’s George and Barbara Bush Center for a display of student artwork from Androscoggin, Kennebec, Cumberland and York counties. The second showing is set for 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor for displays of all student artwork from Aroostook, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock, Washington, Lincoln, Waldo, Franklin, Knox and Somerset counties.

Selected artists were chosen based on the use of elements and principles of design, engagement of the viewer and competence and skill in the use of the selected medium.

The following area artists work was selected to appear in Maine’s “Love.Read.Learn!” baby journal, which will begin distribution on June 1: Eva Jacot-Descombes of Rangeley, Mariah Hajduk of Winthrop, Cade King of Windsor, Andrew Frost of Withrop, Samuel Lattin of Winthrop, Ian Gervais of Chelsea and Anna Sheikh of Waterville.

For more information, call 850-562-5300 or email at [email protected]