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Annual Youth Exhibition

Since 2006, MOPA has held an annual juried exhibition showcasing the photographic talents of local youth. Every year, students are encouraged to submit work that responds visually to a particular theme. The winning entries are selected for their creativity and artistic interpretation of that year’s topic.

2017  Defining Boundaries

On view from November 4, 2017 through March 18, 2018.

MOPA’s 12th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition, Defining Boundaries, showcases the creativity and perspectives of local student artists. Students in grades K-12 across San Diego County and Tijuana were invited to express their ideas on the theme of “boundaries” through photography and video.

The student artworks explore a range of topics including physical boundaries, emotional boundaries, and societal boundaries. Some artworks show boundaries as positive and protective, while others show them as limiting and binding.

2017 Jurors: Merry Foresta (MOPA Curator at Large), Philipp Scholz Rittermann (Photographer), Jason Engelund (Photographer), Julio Orozco (Photographer), Allison Johnson (Clinical Services Manager, Center for Community Solutions)

2018 Sound 

YX2018 is open for submissions! MOPA welcomes students in grades K-12 throughout San Diego County and Tijuana to creatively interpret this year’s theme of SOUND.  We encourage you to be creative in your interpretation!

Selected artists will be featured in the Museum’s galleries. For the 2018 exhibition we have partnered with La Jolla Music Society to bring together photography and music. A select few student artists accepted into the YX2018 will also have their photographs displayed at the construction site of The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, known as The Conrad, in La Jolla. The Conrad “will serve as a heart of cultural, arts education and community event activity in La Jolla, bringing world-class performances to the community and be the new permanent home of La Jolla Music Society.”

What does sound look like?  Use photography or video to share your ideas!  



Explore previous Youth Exhibitions

Mark Cahill, 2016

2016  Animals Among Us
Inspired by the San Diego Zoo’s 100th anniversary, MOPA’s 11th Annual Youth Exhibition asked students in San Diego County and Tijuana to respond to the theme of animals through photography or video.


Silvia Shalom, 2015

2015 Self/Reflection
MOPA’s 10th Annual Youth Exhibition asked students to explore their identity in a photograph. This exhibition was open to students throughout San Diego County and Tijuana.


Gabriel Wilson, 2014

2014 We Are Family
MOPA’s 9th Annual Youth Exhibition asked young people to use lens based media to explore what “family” means to them.

2013 My City, Your City
MOPA’s 8th Annual Youth Exhibition encouraged students to use photography or video to explore the meaning of home and community.

2012 Photosynthesis
MOPA’s 7th Annual Youth Exhibition asked students to communicate important ideas about the environment and sustainability.

2011  See/Saw
MOPA’s 6th Annual Youth Exhibition represented the most creative and original works of art produced by students who participated in a MOPA education program.

2010 Reflections
MOPA’s 5th Annual Youth Exhibition asked students to explore their culture and cultural identity through photography and film. This exhibition was open to students throughout San Diego County.

April 21 - Artist Speaks: Erica Deeman | May 5 - Moment in Time: A Collection of Photographs