The annual Youth Art Month exhibition, now in its 25th year, brings more than 100 artworks from K-12 students throughout Maine to the Portland Museum of Art, where they will be viewed by more than 10,000 visitors during the show’s duration: March 1 through 31 on the PMA’s Lower Ground Floor. No admission is required to visit the exhibition.

The annual Youth Art Month exhibition not only showcases student talent from throughout Maine’s diverse urban and rural communities, it also shines a spotlight on the state’s school arts programs and the educators that teach the next generations of Mainers and encourage their students to share their voices through platforms such as this.

Midcoast students/schools in this year’s exhibition include Madelyn Collins of Camden Hills Regional High School; Ryleigh McFadden and Nina Miller of Belfast Area High School; and Brittany Sheen of Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro; and Cynthia Shelmerdine of Medomak Middle School, Waldoboro.

All participating students will receive certificates of recognition at an exhibition reception Saturday, March 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. The reception is open and free for students, their teachers and families. Everyone younger than 22 always receives free admission at the PMA, thanks to the generosity of Susie Konkel. Youth Art Month is supported by the Peggy L. Osher Education Endowment at the Portland Museum of Art. For museum hours and more, visit portlandmuseum.org.