New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) is pleased to present ArtNow, an Annual Santa Clara County Juried High School Art Exhibition with supporting programs that offer opportunities for high school student artists, from Palo Alto to Gilroy, to gain real-world experience in participating in a juried museum exhibition.

For the tenth anniversary of ArtNow, NUMU invited students to submit works in response to the theme “Good Trouble” in tribute of Congressman John Lewis. Participating students are eligible for $10,000+ in scholarships and awards.

The exhibition runs from March 19, 2021 through May 9, 2021, and is viewable in a virtual exhibition here. Students from across Santa Clara County have persevered through changes in their learning environment to produce vibrant works that reflect on the tumultuous experience of the world in the year 2020. NUMU received over 580 submissions of artwork in media across traditional painting, drawing, digital media, sculpture and ceramics, video and animation, mixed media and photography. 78 works that successfully address the theme of “Good Trouble” were selected for the exhibition.

No one may have felt the weight of this past year more than our nation’s youth. 2020 was a year of upheaval and focused social action in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic: the Black Lives Matter movement, the CZU Lightning Complex Fire, and the U.S. presidential election. This year’s theme “Good Trouble”, a term coined by the late Congressman John Lewis (1940-2020), is a prompt which embodies the spirit of social activism so strongly present through the year 2020.

From his activist work as a Freedom Rider marching on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965, to his decades-long legislative work on the Voting Rights Act, Congressman Lewis never strayed from his pursuit of justice and equality.

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”- John Lewis on the ongoing fight for equal rights, 2018  

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Upcoming Programs 

Thurs, April 15  |  Unpacking Good Trouble: A Thoughtful Conversation
Sat, April 24  |  Celebrating Good Trouble: A Mosaic of Artists and Performances
Tues, April 27 | NUMU Happy Hour: Reflecting on ArtNow 2021 “Good Trouble” 
Sat, May 8  |  ArtNow 2021 Closing Ceremony

Unpacking Good Trouble:
A Thoughtful Conversation
Thu., April 15  |  5-6:30pm PST via ZOOM
Let’s unpack “Good Trouble”, the theme of the ArtNow 2021 Exhibition. As we commemorate it's tenth year, we have a unique opportunity to dive deeper into how the arts can function as a vector for anti-racism in Santa Clara County and beyond. 
Featured Panelists: Sofia Fojas, Ron P. Muriera, Usha Srinivasan

Celebrating Good Trouble:
A Mosaic of Artists and Performances
Sat., April 24  |  2-3pm PST via ZOOM
Curated by Mosaic America, this event presents the voices and works of diverse poets, dancers, and musicians, featuring classical, folk, and contemporary cultural threads woven together to create a uniquely American mosaic. The program will conclude with a Q&A between artists and audience. 

Reflecting on ArtNow 2021 “Good Trouble”: Happy Hour with Executive Director, Ami Davis
Tues., April 27  |  4-5pm PST via ZOOM
Inviting all students, teachers, and the wider community. Grab the beverage or snack of your choice and join us for an informal virtual dialogue with Ami, our Executive Director. April’s topic is, “How does ArtNow 2021 Good Trouble relate to Art History? What can we learn from this year’s show?” Let's take some time to unpack some of this year's fantastic ArtNow submissions. We will share some thoughts on the cultural relevance of this exhibition, links to art history, and unpack some of the visual language of this year’s show.

Virtual Closing & Awards Ceremony
Sat., May 8  |  2-3pm PST via ZOOM
This special event is reserved for ArtNow exhibiting artists, their parents and teachers. We'll be celebrating the accomplishments of these talented emerging artists with talks with the NUMU team, significant individuals, and of course the announcement the award winners in this year's exhibition.

Major Support for the ArtNow exhibition and program is provided by the Michael and Alyce Parsons Foundation.

With additional support from The Town of Los Gatos, The Flick Family, Los Gatos Morning Rotary, The Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Badger Meter, University Art, The Cilker School of Art & Design, Saratoga Rotary, The Waitte Foundation, Ginger & Jon McDonald, The Linda Smythe Young Artists Fund, Jillian Troftgruben, John & Valerie Hopkins, Heritage Bank of Commerce, California College of the Arts and KCAT TV 15.

Image 1: Camilla Williamson, Head in the Clouds, 2020, Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Image 2: Sofia Ruiz, Defiant, 2020, Digital painting. Courtesy of the artist.