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SLOMA opens third installment of ‘AWAKEN’

Posted at 1:51 PM, May 02, 2019

The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA) is opening up the third installment of AWAKEN, an art exhibition featuring artwork from countywide students.

AWAKEN partners with SLOMA and the SLO County Office of Education to showcase a series of student exhibitions that portray their responses to themes in the community, nature, or discovery.

Artwork by Bodie Ballard


AWAKEN’s first exhibition was last fall. High school students featured artwork expressing how they think critically and broadly about the community and how it can inspire and change lives.

The second exhibition was in February where middle school students featured artwork that captured a wide range of views on nature.

This third installment will include artwork from local elementary school students showcasing discovery-themed pieces.

Organizers say SLOMA received about 220 submissions, which is more than the first exhibitions combined.

Artwork by Erin Johnson


“No two pieces are alike,” said Ruta Saliklis, SLOMA curator and director of exhibitions. “The raw creativity these young artists are sharing in their work is spectacular. Their imagination helped encompass our latest theme of discovery in a variety of ways.”

You can see the discovery-themed exhibition from May 3-12. Some pieces are for sale to the public. Proceeds will go to the young artists and benefit SLOMA’s youth education classes.

For more information about AWAKEN, email SLOMA at or call Karen Kile at (805) 543-8562.