|The student artwork represented here is featured as part of the Haggin's McKee Exhibition.|
It's hard to remember how special it must feel to see your work hanging, not just on the refrigerator, but in a museum.
The exhibition was dreamed up almost a century ago by Robert T. McKee, the Haggin's founding patron, as a way to encourage the artistic pursuits of local students. At 81-years-old, it's the longest-running student art competition in the country.
This year, students were invited to create artwork based on the themes of conflict and resolution - communication, compromise, empathy and respect - explored in Uzu and Muzu from Kakaruzu, a piece created for the Stockton Symphony by Israeli composer Avner Dorman. The parable tells the story of a silly disagreement between brothers that escalates to become a generations-long quarrel.
The crowds have thinned a bit now, and you have until April 1 to check out the more than 1,200 pieces - representing nearly 70 schools - that are featured in the exhibition.