The third annual K-12 Art Show will open Monday, Jan. 13, in the Spiva Art Gallery at Missouri Southern State University.

Sponsored by District 9 of the Missouri Art Education Association, the show will feature artwork created by nearly 150 students from throughout Southwest Missouri.

Students and their families visit the 2013 K-12 Art Show in Spiva Gallery.

Students and their families visit the 2013 K-12 Art Show in Spiva Gallery.

“I really feel like most of our area art programs are outstanding,” said Josie Mai, an associate professor of art who is coordinating the exhibit. “The teachers go to the (MAEA) conferences and are up on the latest trends. This is an affirmation for them and their students to have a show at the ‘big school.’”

The non-competitive exhibit will be arranged by grade level, with each section featuring signage that talks about creative development by grade. It will include a variety of 2D and 3D works, including paintings, clay sculptures, cardboard constructions and works made from found objects.

The students’ art teachers will also have a collaborative work showcased, said Mai. As the artwork is dropped off in preparation for the exhibit, the teachers will work to assemble a piece being made especially for the event.

A reception for the contributing students and their families will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in the gallery. Refreshments will be provided. The exhibit will run through Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.