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"Teen Visions '08" exhibition to feature art by The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft students at the James W. Palmer III Gallery. January 24 - February 9, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – More than 125 works of art by high school students from The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft will be highlighted in the sixth annual "Teen Visions '08" exhibition at the James W. Palmer III Gallery at Vassar College. The juried show will include paintings, drawings, photography, and sculpture from more than 50 art students who participated in the Art Institute's Summer Intensive and Fall 2007 courses.

"Teen Visions '08" opens at the Palmer Gallery on Thursday, January 24 with an Artists Reception from 5:00-7:00 pm. The students' work will be on display through Saturday, February 9. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The Palmer Gallery is located in the College Center and is open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. Hours are subject to change, so please call Campus Activities at 845-437-5370 before your visit.

"Each year we are charged with the task of selecting 120 pieces of art from over 2,000 for our Teen Visions exhibition," said Todd Poteet, Director of the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft. "The caliber of the student work continues to rise and impress us. It would be easy to mistake these young artists as professionals, but they are only 14-17 years old, some of them having just started their studies in the arts!"

The Art Institute's goal is to prepare students to compete and to obtain scholarships to top 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 11 million dollars 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.

The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft is a year-round portfolio development program for motivated students, ages 14-18, interested in pursuing a career in the visual arts. For further information, please contact Todd Poteet, Director of the Art Institute, at 845-471-7477.

This year, student artists exhibiting work in "Teen Visions '08" come from the following schools: Spackenkill High School, Ketcham High School, Washingtonville High School, Rhinebeck High School, Arlington High School, Highland High School, Kingston High School, John Jay High School, Onteora High School in Boiceville, Chatham Central High School, Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park, Poughkeepsie High School, New Paltz High School, Middletown High School, Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie, Rondout Valley High School, Millbrook High School, Newburgh Free Academy, Beacon High School, Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, The Randolph School in Wappingers Falls, Marlboro High School, and Brewster High School. Work from a Poughkeepsie native who attends Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut, as well as a home-schooled student, will also be included in the exhibit.

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.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, December 21, 2007