MISSOULA- A reception at Southgate Mall revealed an art installation from local students.
The installation contains several thousand pieces made by sixth, seventh and eight graders from Missoula County Public Schools.
Over the past year, students worked to create solo projects while collaborating with students in their classes and from other schools to create the larger pieces.
The main display includes almost 200 life-size paper mache sculptures depicting animals from bears to squirrels.
Meadow Hill Middle School art teacher Vicki Wallace said she has enjoyed watching her students create their displays.
Wallace said, "They feel really good about it. I've seen them here just while I've been setting up for the last two days just running around looking for their work and they're just proud to show it to their families."
This year's theme revolves around honoring American artists, indigenous animals and native people of Montana.
The show runs through May 19th and can be found at the clock tower court just inside the main entrance of the Southgate Mall.