"Teen Visions" Exhibition to Spotlight Mill Street Loft's Art Institute Students, from January 21-February 4 in Vassar's James W. Palmer Gallery

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Art portraiture, figure drawing, sculpture, and photography by over fifty high school age students of The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft, will be featured in the fourth annual "Teen Visions" exhibition, to be shown Saturday, January 21 through Saturday, February 4 in the James W. Palmer Gallery at Vassar College. Students from more than fifteen area high schools will exhibit their work in "Teen Visions," and Vassar College will host a reception in the Palmer Gallery for the artists and the Art Institute director from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 26.

The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft advances students' ideas and skills in the visual arts, to help them prepare the strong portfolio of work required by undergraduate art schools. Now in its ninth year, the Art Institute boasts an impressive track record: every young person who has participated for at least one year has gone on to a college art program with no less than $20,000 in scholarship funds.

"I am always stunned by the caliber of the work we exhibit in Teen Visions. It would be easy to conclude these are professional artists, but all of them are ages 14 to 17," said Todd Poteet, director of the Art Institute, and its core instructor. "Each student has a drive and motivation far beyond their years. They are career minded, top of their academic classes, and serious artists. I am proud to not only call myself one of their teachers, but one of their peers."

In 2004, Art Institute students were awarded college scholarships totaling more than $2.8 million, better than a twofold increase from the previous year. Pratt Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, Savannah College of Art and Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, New York University, School of Visual Arts, Columbus College of Art and Design, and Cornell University, are among the respected schools Art Institute graduates have attended.

"Our goal has always been to prepare students to obtain scholarships to the top schools, to excel in the program of study they choose, and to become working professional artists in their prospective fields," explained Poteet.

Mill Street Loft is a Poughkeepsie-based and nationally recognized multi-arts educational center, dedicated to bringing a wide range of creative, educational, and culturally enriching programs to diverse audiences throughout New York's Hudson Valley (

For more information on "Teen Visions" and the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft, contact Todd Poteet at (845) 876-5440 or 430-3882, and The James W. Palmer Gallery is located in the College Center on the Vassar campus. For gallery hours, or to arrange accommodations for people with disabilities, call (845) 437-5370.

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

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, January 13, 2006