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.
Submissions are now closed for YX18!
Watch for our exhibition of selected works opening September 1, 2018.
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.”
Explore previous Youth Exhibitions
2018 Defining Boundaries
Youth artists explored a range of topics including physical boundaries, emotional boundaries, and societal boundaries in MOPA’s 12th Annual Youth Exhibition. Some artworks show boundaries as positive and protective, while others show them as limiting and binding.
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.
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.
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.
MOPA’s 7th Annual Youth Exhibition asked students to communicate important ideas about the environment and sustainability.
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.
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.