FOR THE LOVE OF ART began at the Carmel Art Association in 1947, together with Carmel High School. The purpose was to stimulate interest in high school visual arts education courses and inspire young art students to continue creating and exploring their talents. The CAA renewed that original goal in a formalized way in 2013-2014 with the Carmel Art Association’s FOR THE LOVE OF ART.

The program is now an annual part of the CAA’s calendar showcasing the efforts of 70 to 80 young Monterey County artists each year. Currently all high schools in Monterey County are invited to select 5 junior and/or senior students to submit pieces. The CAA provides wooden panels to the entrants to create an even starting point and eliminate the need for students to frame their pieces. 

The most satisfying outcome for the CAA has been the positive and lasting effect this event has had on many of the young artists. For some this is the first time they have been inside a professional gallery or shown their work in public. Participants learn what is expected of successful professional artists when seeking representation in a gallery or exhibition, through this ‘real world’ art experience. The curriculum includes making and fulfilling commitments, meeting deadlines and learning how to communicate the meaning of their art by writing an artist statement.

The students’ art is critiqued by a panel of 3 local arts community leaders. Awards for the 3 Best in Media and 9 Honorable Mentions were given in the form of gift certificates for art supplies. This year one piece was also chosen as Best of Show. That piece serves as the cover to a 7X7 calendar for the following year. We know you will enjoy this slice of art from FTLOA 2018. We look forward to the 2018 / 2019 program. That exhibition will be held in February 2019. We hope you will join us for the reception, and experience the energy and art of our talented local youth artists.

Thank you to all the participating school principles and art teachers. FOR THE LOVE OF ART would not be possible without you!

FOR THE LOVE OF ART is supported by a grant from the Arts Council for Monterey County with support from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, an endowment from the Barnet Segal Charitable Trust  and private donations to the CAA’s Marie Selig Memorial Education Fund.