23 pieces by Scappoose middle-schoolers displayed in conjunction with annual PDX Jazz exhibit

COURTESY PHOTO - A piece by Skylar Koehler-GroverScappoose Middle School students had artwork displayed at the Portland Art Museum this week during a one-day exhibit Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Twenty-three middle school artists from Scappoose had artwork displayed at the museum in conjunction with an annual program hosted by the nonprofit cultural arts organization, PDX Jazz.

COURTESY PHOTO - A piece created by Colby CambellSMS students submitted pieces for the exhibit after participating in the educational outreach program "Jazz in the Schools," which PDX Jazz hosts annually. The program is designed to teach students about the origins of jazz music, its contributions to American history, and its connection to visual arts.

Students were asked to listen to jazz music in class while designing a 12-inch by 12-inch piece of work — the size of a record cover — highlighting their interpretation of what jazz looks like, a release from the program states.

COURTESY PHOTO - A piece created by Sage RedpathNearly 2,000 pieces were submitted and 250 pieces were selected from 14 different schools in the Portland metro region to be shown at the exhibit.

Entries were judged during the exhibit, and works that received the most votes were announced during the PDX Jazz Festival on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 14. SMS student Skylar Koehler-Grover had her work selected as one of the top four pieces in the middle school division.

COURTESY PHOTO - A piece created by Kaylie SchrotzbergerSMS art teacher X.K. Austin described the experience of seeing his students' work on display as impressive and spectacular. Speaking with his students after the show, Austin said he saw many of their eyes light up when they spoke about the experience.

The entire collection of student work will be displayed in downtown Portland in the windows of Target on Southwest Morrison and Southwest 10th Streets until Sunday, Feb. 25.

The following SMS students will have their work displayed:

Jenn Pena, Hope Grogg, Matthew Manuel, Harleigh Dietz, Makenzie Hoag, Michael Martinez, Ayden Patterson, Shawn Odom, Makenna Fennell, Ashley O'Tierney, Aria Kangas, Skylar Koehler-Grover, Colby Campbell, Kaylie Schrotzberger, Sage Redpath, Dylan Mann, Jessica Severance, Courtney Hall, Paige Liday, Alaina Bailey, Owen Sliger, Abby Stansbury, Jacob Brainerd

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the number of entries entered, and the number of pieces that were selected to be displayed at the exhibit, including work from SMS students.

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