"Teen Visions '10" features more than 130 artworks by over 60 high school students, January 21 - February 3, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY –The annual exhibition Teen Visions '10 will feature more than 130 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs by over 60 students of the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft at the James W. Palmer III Gallery at Vassar College. Students from more than 20 area high schools will exhibit their work in this juried show that will be on view from Thursday, January 21 through Wednesday, February 3.

In conjunction with the eighth annual Modfest ─ an annual celebration of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries ─ on January 21 a reception for Teen Visions '10 will open the festival from 4:00 - 7:00pm with an artists' reception, followed by a performance in the North Atrium of the College Center by Stringendo and the Capella Festiva Treble Choir and readings by high school students who are alumnae of Mill Street Loft's PASWORD and Project AWARE empowerment programs. All events are free and open to the public. The gallery is open Mondays through Fridays, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturdays from 12:00 to 6:00 pm.

Representing a wide variety of media, the artwork exhibited in Teen Visions ’10 was selected by a panel of educators from more than 1500 works, based upon artistic statement, vision, and visual acuity, as well as individual accomplishment.

Todd Poteet, the director of the Art Institute, noted that Teen Visions is the first major exhibition for many of students included in the show. According to Poteet, this exhibition helps to build students’ confidence in their art and the power of their artistic voice, as well as validating the work they create.

Teen Visions also allows the students to showcase their talents among a group of their peers,” Poteet remarked. “This show becomes a positive reflection of their accomplishments in the arts on their resumes and applications to college. This is the first step in their journey to obtaining a professional career in the arts.”

Teresa Quinn, executive director of campus activities, noted that "Teen Visions '10 is one of the most anticipated and well attended exhibitions of the year.  Experiencing the art work created by these students is inspiring and the opportunity to meet the artists at the opening reception is an added bonus."

About Mill Street Loft

Mill Street Loft is an award-winning multi-arts educational center in Poughkeepsie dedicated to bringing a wide range of creative, educational and culturally enriching outreach and tuition-based programs to diverse audiences throughout the Hudson Valley ( Designed for motivated teens ages 14-18, the program is completely run by professional artists to help develop skills in visual and media arts.

The Art Institute aims to prepare students for top art schools, to excel in the program of study they choose, and to become working professional artists in their prospective fields. Since 2000, Art Institute graduates have received offers of more than $12 million in merit-based scholarships to the nation’s major colleges, universities, and art schools, including Pratt Institute, the School of Visual Arts (SVA), Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Columbus College of Art and Design, and the Cooper Union. This summer they plan to expand their offerings with a new residential component to their Art Institute Summer Intensive.

For further information, please contact Todd Poteet, director of the Art Institute, at 845-471-7477.

About the James W. Palmer III Gallery

Situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria, the James W. Palmer III Gallery is at the heart of the College Center. Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the class of 1990. Serving as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, the gallery displays art of diverse mediums, themes, and origins.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Spring 2010 Schedule of Exhibitions
James W. Palmer III '90 Gallery, Vassar College
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
(845) 437-5970 or

Thursday, January  21  - Wednesday, February  3
Teen Visions ‘10
An exhibition of work from the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft
Artist reception - Thursday, January 21, 4:00 - 7:00pm
Artist reception is followed by musical performances by area high school students from Stringendo and original poetry by alumnae of Mill Street Loft’s Girls’ Empowerment Programs at 6:30pm.
Presented in conjunction with the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft  - a pre-college portfolio development program.
Sunday, February 7 – Saturday, February 20
Modfest W. K. Rose Exhibition
Opening reception – Sunday February 7, 5:00 PM
An exhibition celebrating the visiting W. K. Rose Fellows and featuring the artwork of Eleanor Daniels ’66 and Katherine Mangiardi ’09, the earliest and most recent recipients in visual art.
Wednesday, February 24 – Thursday, March 4
4 x 4
Artists: Rhys Bambrick '11, Joseph Redwood-Martinez '11, Charlie Warren '10, Russell Webner '11
Opening reception Wednesday February 24, 5:00pm
Four artists will use the Palmer Gallery as a site for collaboration throughout the course of the exhibition.
Sunday, March 21 - Saturday, March 27
A Celebration of Art
The Annual John Iyoya Children's Art Show
Reception Sunday, March 21 at 2:00pm
An annual event honoring the memory of John Iyoya, a former Vassar student, who exemplified a wonderful sense of creativity and love of children.  The show is sponsored by the Department of Education and features the artwork of students from area participating schools.
Sunday, March 28- Friday, April 2
Vassar College Studio Art Department student exhibitions
Rotating schedule
Monday, April 5 – Thursday, April 8
The Annual Haitian Art Auction and Sale
Sponsored by the Vassar Haiti Project
300 original Haitian paintings, handcraft, hand-painted silk scarves, and iron sculpture
Friday, April 9 to Sunday, May 23
Vassar College Studio Art Department student exhibitions
Rotating schedule

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, December 17, 2009