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The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts is proud to announce the 2021 Thinking Out Loud, a regional art competition that challenges high school students to create works inspired by their lives. Students from across Monterey County will digitally display their artwork across a wide range of media that include painting, drawing, ink-relief sculpture and collage.  The exhibition will run online from March 13th through April 9th, 2021.

Acceptable media for artwork are as follows: Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc. Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers. Collage: two dimensional. Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints. Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc. Computer-generated art and photography.  This year, we will award $200 for 1st Place, $150 for 2nd Place, and $100 for 3rd Place.

The competition is open to all Monterey County high school-aged students. Digital submissions should be marked with high school, student’s name, and title of artwork/untitled. One submission per student.  Please email submissions to thinkingoutloud.art.poetry@gmail. com no later than Wednesday, February 24, 2021. For more information, please contact the Cherry Center at info@carlcherrycenter.org or call (831) 624-7491.


Established in 1948, the mission of the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts is to enhance the quality and diversity of artistic, educational and cultural programs in Monterey County by encouraging public programs and interactions between artists and the community.

Thinking Out Loud is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Arts Council for Monterey County, and funds from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, Carmel-by-the-Sea Rotary, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, Pebble Beach Company Foundation, and the Yellow Brick Road Benefit Store.

Pictured: “Apple of My Eye” – Claire Giffen

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