Art can be a risky businesses -- and not just monetarily.
"High school students are generally willing to take risks in their art. They're not as inhibited as maybe older artists could be, so they try a lot of interesting and unusual things," said Emma Dugal, executive director of Bountiful/Davis Art Center.
An exhibit of high school art, as well as art created by junior high students, opens with a reception at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bountiful/Davis Art Center. The show, which also includes work by the students' art teachers, continues through May 6.
Dugal says the annual student and teacher art show is popular.
"The high school exhibit is a long-standing exhibit at the art center," she said. "It was developed here some 30 years ago."
The show expanded three years ago to include students in junior high.
"It's much smaller in scope," Dugal said of the junior high exhibit. "The ones that do participate absolutely love it. For many students, it's the first chance to exhibit their work, and it's a great learning experience."
Students who participate are expected to go through the same process as professional artists who display work at the art center.
"We have them fill out a loan form and write a statement about the piece they're entering," said Dugal. "If it does sell, they understand a commission goes to the art center, so they have to learn how to price their items just as a professional artist would do."
The student art will be judged, with ribbons awarded for the best entries. Judging categories include original work, study work, three-dimensional art, illustration and photography. Awards will be presented during the opening reception, in a ceremony starting at 8 p.m.
An exhibit of art from educators across the county will be in the art center's North Gallery.
The exhibit may be viewed 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free.
For more information, call 801-292-0367.