“My City, Your City” is the Museum of Photographic Arts’ 8th Annual Youth Exhibition that encouraged students to use photography and video to explore the theme of home and community. They had nearly 300 students enter their artwork and a jury panel select the final pieces for the exhibition. The panel of judges included City Council President and Interim Mayor, Todd Gloria, freelance photojournalist, Sam Hodgson, arts educator and Program Coordinator for the Art & Photography Programs at UC San Diego Extension, Annika Nelson, and Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) Executive Director, Deborah Klochko.

The final selections were on display at MOPA in Balboa Park through early February. MOPA is grateful for exhibition support provided by Adobe Youth Voices.

Of the many finalists, four hailed from the 92131 area: Caroline M. (Francis Parker School), Marcel S. (Meadowbrook Middle School), Britta W. (Francis Parker School),
and Rachel W. (Meadowbrook Middle School).

“I am so impressed each year by the quality, creativity, and sophistication of the artwork these students create,” said Lori Sokolowski, Student and Teacher Programs Coordinator for MOPA. “There’s a lot of really powerful and personal stories told through these photographs and videos. It takes a lot of courage to share your artwork and have it judged.”

The 2014 Youth Exhibition theme deals with family and the deadline to enter artwork is June 15. Visit www.mopa.org for more information.

Photo by Marcel Samba, Meadowbrook Middle School

Gallery Photos by Nicole Espina