POUGHKEEPSIE, NY –The James W. Palmer III Gallery at Vassar College will present the annual exhibition, Teen Visions '12 this winter. Featuring more than 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs by high school students - freshman to senior classes - who participate in the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft. These students represent more than than 30 regional high schools and will exhibit their work in this juried show - on view from Thursday, January 19 through Thursday, February 9.
On Thursday, January 19, in conjunction with the 10th annual Modfest ─ a campus-wide celebration of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries ─ the reception for Teen Visions '12 will be held from 5:00 - 7:00pm. Following the reception, at 7:00pm in the Villard Room, there will be a special program entitled “Words and Sounds,” which will include performances of music, dance, and original poetry by high school students from the Mill Street Loft’s girls empowerment programs, as well as the Stringendo ensemble, the Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, and dancers from the New York Academy of Ballet (with music by Joseph Bertolozzi ’81).
All events are free and open to the public. The gallery is open Mondays to Saturdays from 11:00am – 6:00pm, and Sundays from 12:00 – 6:00pm.
Representing a wide variety of media, the artwork exhibited in Teen Visions ’12 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, assistant dean for campus activities, noted that "Teen Visions '12 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 LoftMill 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 (http://www.millstreetloft.org). Designed for motivated teens ages 14-19, 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 $16.5 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 the Summer Art Intensive of the Art Institute will move to Vassar College, where it will continue to offer the same great programming as well as a residential component.
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.
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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.