January 3, 2013
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- More than 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs by top high school-aged participants in the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft program, will be shown in the juried “Dual Visions” exhibit at Vassar College’s James W. Palmer III ’90 Gallery, from Tuesday, January 15, through Wednesday, February 13. Spanning artwork in a wide variety of media, the pieces were selected by a panel of educators from more than 1500 submissions, based upon artistic statement, vision, and visual acuity, as well as individual accomplishment. The artists are freshmen through seniors from more than 30 high schools in the Mid-Hudson Valley.
This longtime annual showcase exhibit for young artists was formerly called “Teen Visions”, and its new name “Dual Visions” reflects the exhibit’s new format: two separate groups of works will be shown consecutively in 2-week segments. Works in the “Lens 1” group can be seen Tuesday, January 15 through Monday, January 28, with an opening reception in the Palmer Gallery on January 15 from 5:00-7:00pm. Works in the “Lens 2” group can be seen Thursday, January 31 through Wednesday February 13, with an opening gallery reception on January 31 from 5:00- 7:00pm.
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.
The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft is a pre-college portfolio development program to prepare career-minded teens to attend top art schools, and to eventually become working professional artists. Since 2000, Art Institute graduates have received offers of more than $25 million in merit-based scholarships to some of 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. In 2012 the Summer Art Intensive component of the Art Institute program moved to the Vassar College campus, where outstanding programming is complemented by a residential component.
Todd Poteet, the director of the Art Institute program, noted that Dual Visions will be the first major exhibition for many of the students, validating their work and helping them to build confidence as practicing artists.
“Each year the quality and professional nature of the exhibited work steadily grows. Students are producing masterful works at younger and younger ages,” explained Poteet. “This growth requires that more and more students are seeking advanced art education and studio practices, to help them develop a clear path to college and careers in the arts.”
New to the exhibit this year will be works from the Art Institute’s digital photography course, where students learn how to paint with light and other advanced techniques.
“The modern era has made art career options broader in scope than most people can even imagine,” observed Poteet. “Consider for example that the movie Avatar listed more than fifty different art specialties in its credits, encompassing the thousands of artists who worked on that single film.”
Why was the format changed for the successful longtime exhibit? Explained Teresa Quinn, an Assistant Dean of the College and the Palmer Gallery’s director, “There is so much wonderful and powerful work created by the students in the Art Institute program, and the Palmer has limited space to present each piece as both an individual work of art, as well as part of a larger collective and theme. Our solution to this overcrowding ‘problem’ is holding two back-to-back shows, so we can exhibit fewer pieces in each show and allow the pieces more breathing space to be enjoyed in the gallery,” said Quinn.
Quinn added, “This exhibit is one of the most anticipated and well attended at the Palmer Gallery each 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
Established in 1981, 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 (www.millstreetloft.org). Designed for motivated teens ages 14-19, the Mill Street Loft is completely run by professional artists to help develop skills in visual and media arts.
About the James W. Palmer III ’90 Gallery
The gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in memory of their son James, a member of the Vassar class of 1990. Serving since 1996 as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, the James W. Palmer III ’90 Gallery displays art of diverse media, themes, and origins. It is located between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria in the College Center addition to Vassar’s historic Main Building.
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