CRANSTON, RI – In an effort to showcase the artistic talent of students across Rhode Island, U.S. Senator Jack Reed today unveiled a new virtual art gallery highlighting works of art from high school students across the Ocean State.

Senator Reed hosts an annual High School Arts Competition, cosponsored by the RI Art Education Association (RIAEA) and featuring artwork from students statewide.  Usually, works of art are submitted and displayed at the Warwick Mall, culminating in a special reception and award ceremony for participating students, art teachers, school officials, and judges.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Reed and RIAEA had to get creative this year in providing students with a platform to showcase their work to a broader audience.  Today, Senator Reed launched an online art exhibit featuring the works of over 75 talented young artists working in a variety of mediums.

“When I was young, I aspired to be an artist and took some community classes for grade-schoolers at RISD that inspired me.  While I may not have had as much artistic talent as these young people, I am happy to draw attention to their work and provide a platform to showcase their creativity,” said Senator Reed.  “Thank you to all the students and teachers who submitted outstanding works of art during this difficult time.  Brighter days are ahead and our annual High School Art Competition will eventually return to an in-person event.  Until then, I hope folks enjoy this virtual gallery.  Congratulations to all the creative, talented artists and thank you to the teachers, parents, mentors, and supporters who inspire and uplift them!”

“Senator Reed’s High School Art Competition is a highly anticipated yearly event,” said RIAEA High School Representative Barbara Wunderler.  “We at RIAEA thank Senator Reed for his dedication to the arts and for his commitment to showcasing our talented Rhode Island high school art students with this virtual exhibit.”

Seventy-seven students from fifteen different high schools across the state submitted works to the virtual gallery, which may be viewed online: