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CSUN's Art Galleries will host its 20th annual High School Invitational from Jan. 9-28. .

California State University, Northridge will exhibit the artistic work of students and teachers from nearly 40 San Fernando Valley high schools in its 20th annual High School Invitational, Jan. 9-28 at the CSUN Art Galleries.

The exhibition will include about 200 art pieces, such as paintings, sculpture, ceramics, graphic designs, illustrations and photography.

“This is a community outreach event for the San Fernando Valley,” said Jim Sweeters, director of the CSUN Art Galleries. “We always enjoy having the high school students come to the gallery with their families and see their artwork displayed in a professional gallery.”

The Main Gallery will feature the students’ artwork, while the West Gallery will display the work of 23 high school teachers. Many of those are CSUN alumni, who have received degrees from CSUN’s art education program.

“We are planning on highlighting the many high school teachers here in the Valley who help their students participate in this event,” Sweeters said.

A closing reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, will conclude the exhibition.

“We hope that the attendees will come back and enjoy the many exhibitions presented by the gallery,” Sweeters said. “Also, we hope the student artists will consider the CSUN Department of Art as a possible next step in their arts education.”

The participating high schools are: AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian, Amelia Earhart Continuation, Arleta, ArTES Magnet, Birmingham Community Charter, Bishop Alemany, Burbank, Cal Burke, Chaminade College Preparatory, de Toledo, El Camino Real Charter, Faith Baptist, John H. Francis Polytechnic, Robert Fulton College Preparatory, Harvard-Westlake, Heritage Christian, Highland Hall Waldorf, James Monroe, Milken Community, North Hollywood, Northpoint, Northridge Academy, Reseda, San Fernando, Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, Sierra Canyon, Social Justice Humanitas Academy, Sylmar Charter, Taft Charter, Technology Prep Academy, Buckley, Ulysses S. Grant and Viewpoint.

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