This week, the Killeen Civic and Conference Center will transform into a student art museum with a huge assortment of artwork on display all week.
The 11th annual KISD Visual Art Show opens Monday with school tours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and an opening night celebration open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m.
During the week, school tours will bring students into the conference center to see the variety of artwork.
Killeen Independent School District’s fine arts department started the visual art show 11 years ago to give students a venue to display their skills.
Alongside the show, a community art festival, the Take 190 West Art Festival, sprang up six years ago.
The student art show culminates with the art festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, featuring a variety of artists.
All of Killeen ISD’s campus art programs will contribute to the display, including the four high schools, the KISD Career Center, the 11 middle schools and two elementary schools.
The annual display sectioned by school includes paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography and other digital and mixed media.
“Seeing everything in this school district is amazing,” said Ashley Brinker, a Killeen High School art teacher, while leading her students on a tour last year.
She said her students had been to three art shows during the year and the Killeen show was the best.
“There are so many media here,” the teacher said. “It inspires me to do this.”