Student Visual Arts Exhibition

Autry Classroom Curators Presents the Fourth Annual Student Visual Arts Exhibition: Visions of Equality
Opening Reception:  Sunday, April 28, 2019, Noon–3:00 p.m.
Exhibition on Display: April 28–May 20, 2019

The Student Visual Arts Exhibition is an initiative that calls on middle and high school students to share their research, learning, and thinking through visual art. For information, please contact


In 1969, writer Wallace Stegner envisioned a day when Westerners might realize that equality and cooperation were the fundamental characteristics of the Western experience, and the key to its future. Almost fifty years later, Westerners continue to struggle with the region’s less beneficial legacies—the history of inequality and its contemporary manifestations. Nevertheless, as Stegner tells us, “One cannot be pessimistic about the West. This is the native home of hope.”
If Westerners today are to fulfill those hopes, we must work together to envision and create a fully equal Western community. What that world looks like and how we might achieve that lofty goal is the subject of the Autry’s fourth annual Student Visual Arts Exhibition.
We call on the students of Southern California to share with us their understandings of and visions for equality in the American West.
What has equality meant in the Western past? What does it mean today? What would equality in the West look like in a hopeful future? And what are the ways that we might create equality for all the peoples of the West? As always, we look forward to seeing your visions and sharing them at the Autry.


  • Selected artwork will be on view Sunday, April 28, through Sunday, May 19, 2019.
  • Artwork must be picked up from the Autry no later than Friday, May 31, 2019.


All selected entries are eligible for award recognition.

Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:

The Albertsons Companies Foundation • AltaMed • Honda R&D Americas, Inc. • Phyllis H. Barbato • Molly and Neal H. Brockmeyer • The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation • Frank H. Countner and Susan L. Countner • Dwight Stuart Youth Fund • Edison International • David F. Eisenberg • Employees Community Fund of Boeing California • The Georgina-Fredrick Children’s Foundation • Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross • The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation • Carl W. Robertson and Susan W. Robertson • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California • Brenda and Gary Ruttenberg • Sony Pictures Entertainment • Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation • U.S. Bancorp • Wells Fargo