AUGUSTA — The Kennebec Valley Art Association will present Higher Forms of Art, an exhibition of artwork by students from area high schools, according to a KVAA news release.

The exhibit, in celebration of Youth Art Month, will be presented in partnership with the University of Maine at Augusta at the Richmond Gallery, will be on view March 4 to April 2 in UMA’s Handley Hall, 331 Water St. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.

The opening reception is set for 5-7 p.m. Saturday, March 19; light refreshments will be served.

The program gives emerging artists the opportunity to show their art in a professional gallery space, and to experience organizing and installing a major art exhibition. Students participate in hanging the exhibition and help with planning and organizing the shows opening event.

Participating schools: Cony High School, Augusta; Hall-Dale High School, Farmingdale; Gardiner Regional High School, Gardiner; Kents Hill School, Kents Hill; Monmouth Academy, Monmouth; Maranacook Community High School, Readfield; and Richmond High School, Richmond.

Higher Forms of Art is supported this year by a grant from the Oak Grove School Foundation and by sponsors Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Kents Hill School and Rosemary Presnar.

Higher Forms of Art is a project of the Kennebec Valley Art Association in partnership with the art and architecture departments of the University of Maine at Augusta. The association is a 501(c)3 membership-based nonprofit founded in Augusta in 1958. The association opened the Harlow Gallery at its current location at 160 Water St., in downtown historic Hallowell in 1963, where they have been supporting and celebrating art, artists and community for more than five decades now.

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