Kid Kulture, a new exhibition at the Westport Arts Center opening on Friday, Dec. 10, will celebrate children and photography and will include a special exhibit of 41 juried photographs taken by youngsters.

The exhibition will begin with a family opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and will run through Feb. 20. Kid Kulture is sponsored in part by Pepperidge Farm Inc., Photographic Solutions, and WAC Board Sponsors Laura and Alexis Maged.

Curated by WAC Director of Visual Arts Helen Klisser During, the exhibition will explore the spirit of children through the lenses of major 20th-century photographers, including August Sander, Arthur Leipzig, Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin.

More than 100 children ages 5 to 18 submitted their work to be considered for the show. Students from the Coleytown Middle School photo club, Westport Montessori School and Greens Farms Academy sent in their images for consideration. The photographs were juried by Karen Marks, director of Howard Greenberg Gallery of New York City. The selected photographs will be featured in the gallery alongside the professional photographs. All remaining submissions will be displayed on a video loop in the gallery and on the Westport Arts Center website, www.westportsartscenter.org.

Klisser During said her intention in curating the show is to "explore the meaning of innocence through the lens of a camera." By pairing major 20th-century photographers with contemporary works by children one can see universal trends in photography across generations, but also distinct differences. "Children have a less tainted view of the world and tend to give us perspectives that adults could never achieve for both aesthetic and content reasons," she said.

In addition, the WAC will feature another young local artist in its Studio Gallery. Carson Einarsen, a 16-year-old junior at Staples High School, will exhibit pieces of his 365-day project, "facebook fACEs`." Each day, Einarsen draws a five- to 10-minute sketch from a profile photo of one of his Facebook friends. He has created more than 130 of these sketches, dozens of which will be on display alongside the original photograph.

The WAC is located at 51 Riverside Ave. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

The young photographers from Westport and Weston participating in the exhibition are Michael Bass, 12; Mary Bennewitz, 13; Elizabeth Bennewitz, 13; Allegra Chaple, 15; Morgan Cravenho, 16; Carly Curran, 5; Alexandra Damianos, 17; Will Fabian, 11; Andrew Felton, 9; Elisabeth French, 13; Amelia Galin, 6; Isabella Goldstein, 6; Madeline Hardy, 17; Malin Houstadius, 13; Alison Hutchison, 17; Evan Klasky, 13; Larissa Lieberson, 13; Megan Lipman, 13; Grace Mattison, 15; Kaitlin Muro, 17; Abby Najarian, 10; Julia Paschal, 13; Nellie Ross, 6; Noah Ross, 6; Lucina Sinclair, 17; and Izzy Spada, 16.

From Fairfield and Southport are Brian Hirshfeld, 17; Nico Lob, 12; Kate Mohr, 16; Paige Onofreo, 17; and Olivia Taylor, 14.