Twenty-fourth annual Iyoya exhibit to celebrate local children’s art, March 22-28, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – More than 200 works of art by local nursery, elementary, and intermediate school students will be on display in “A Celebration of Children’s Art," Vassar College’s 24th annual John Iyoya Children’s Art Show, on view from Sunday, March 22 through Saturday, March 28. The exhibit will be shown in the James W. Palmer Gallery of Vassar's Main Building, with a public reception on March 22 beginning at 2:00pm. The gallery will be open Monday to Saturday from 11am – 6pm. All events are free and open to the public.

The 2009 John Iyoya Children’s Art Show will include artwork by students attending Poughkeepsie's W.W. Smith Humanities Magnet School, Columbus Elementary School, G.W. Krieger Elementary School, Warring Magnet Academy of Science and Technology, Morse Young Child Magnet School, Hagan Elementary School, and Wimpfheimer Nursery School at Vassar College, by students from Lagrangeville's Vail Farm Elementary School, as well as by home schooled students.

“A Celebration of Children’s Art” highlights young children’s interest in the visual arts and encourages their use of the arts to express themselves. The exhibit’s namesake, John Iyoya, was a Vassar student known for his creativity and love of children.

The art show is sponsored by the Department of Education at Vassar College, in cooperation with the Office of Campus Activities.

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.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, February 9, 2009