The Kennebec Valley Art Association has extended its call for Maine high school age artists to submit three-dimensional art work to “A Matter of Conscience,” a juried art exhibition coming to the Harlow Gallery in March.

Deadline for electronic submissions had been Feb. 1 but has been extended to midnight Feb. 15.

Submissions from individual artists as well as group efforts are welcome, as long as all participating artists are between the ages of 14 and 18. Works must be original sculptural art (in three-dimensions) and may made out of one material or a combination of materials including but not limited to ceramics or clay, wood, paper or cardboard, metal, assemblage and found objects.

Work may incorporate any combination of traditional visual arts media such as drawing, painting, printmaking and may also include text, video or other electronic, or sonic elements or mechanisms. Submitted work must address some area of social commentary — for example, political issues, human rights, the distribution of wealth, global warming, the death penalty, gay marriage, etc. — which the artist feels passionate about.

The submission process will utilize the Internet in the interest of being as green and paper-free as possible; for full details and instructions visit

The juror, Pennsylvania curator, artist and activist Cheryl Harper, will decide which entries will be included in the exhibition and will award three cash prizes totaling $350. Cheryl Herr-Rains, an art teacher at Gardiner Regional High School, is the project coordinator.

“A Matter of Conscience” is meant to be a change from the typical high school art show, which tends to focus on wall-hung works selected by art teachers. The exhibition, presented in a professional gallery setting, will give Maine students an opportunity to experience submitting and exhibiting their art within a professional framework. Students will have the opportunity to share their ideas on issues they care about in a public forum, and participation will help individual students in building their portfolios as they prepare to apply to college.

There is no entry fee for “A Matter of Conscience,” thanks to by a generous grant from the Evergreen Foundation. Submission deadline is midnight on Feb. 1. Exhibition dates will be March 19 through 28.

The Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St., is owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting the arts in Central Maine for more than half a century.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to