Student Exhibits

16th Annual Arts Ambassadors In-Person Exhibit

The Lamorinda Arts Council is happy to welcome elementary and middle school student artists back to the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library in February 2023.

Moraga student artwork will be on display in the first half of the month, followed by Orinda student artwork through March 3rd. Arts Ambassadors ribbons provided by the Council will be distributed to exhibiting students in their classrooms by their art teachers. Curated by Lamorinda public school visual arts teachers Janet Robinson of Orinda and Jill Hudson of Moraga in partnership with the Council, the 2023 exhibit highlights a collection of unjuried student artwork from K-8 grade students attending public Orinda and Moraga elementary and middle schools.

2023 Exhibit Dates:

  • Feb. 4-16: Moraga student artwork on display in the gallery
  • Feb. 16 - Mar. 3: Orinda student artwork on display in the gallery
  • Mar. 2, 4:30 - 6pm: reception for Orinda students and families co-hosted by Orinda Network for Education (ONE); musical performance in Library Auditorium 5 to 6 p.m.

About Arts Ambassadors

Since 2007, the Arts Ambassadors Exhibit & Reception has been held every spring at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library with the exception of 2021. Due to COVID-19, the gallery was closed at that time, so we featured a virtual exhibit about Lamorinda art teachers who have nurtured student artists through the Arts Ambassadors program. The program has been through many iterations since it began in 2007.

The exhibit is a wonderful way to provide the public with an overview of the visual arts programs in public schools in Lamorinda and to promote the value of including arts education as part of the general curriculum. It's also an exciting and special opportunity for the students and their families to share their artistry in a professional gallery.

Over the years, Arts Ambassadors has been encouraged, expanded, and supported by organizations such Orinda Network for Education (formerly EFO), Lafayette Partners in Education, Moraga Education Foundation, local parents, school districts, art educators and students, as well as the Council. The Council supports this event by donating and facilitating use of the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, which we curate on a monthly basis, hosting receptions in non-COVID times, and providing ribbons to be awarded to each student artist.

High School Visual Arts Competition

The 2023 exhibit will be on display in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library March 5th - 31st, 2023, and in our online gallery from April 2023 - February 2024.

The Artist & Awards Reception will take place on Thursday, March 16th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

This annual event showcases and acknowledges art in four categories: 2D, 3D, Photography, and Digital Art categories. All work is by high school students who live in or attend school in Orinda, Lafayette, or Moraga, including all schools in the Acalanes Union High School District.  The competition features cash awards, merit citations, and an online public exhibit of entries in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library and on the Lamorinda Arts Council website.

For more information about the 2023 High School Visual Arts competition click here.