Young at Art

April 12, 2013 to May 19, 2013

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Corbin Polka, Beatle. Glue and chalk pastel on paper. Corbin is in third grade at Falk Elementary School, where he studies with art teacher Sheila Zenk.
Yanran (Lily) Yu, Village Home Town, China. Fabric, thread, and fuse. Yanran is in fourth grade at Shorewood Hills Elementary School, where she studies with art teacher Michele Hatchell.
Riley M., Three Headed Dragon. Papier-mâché. Riley is in fifth grade at Cesar Chávez Elementary School, where he studies with art teacher Dan Slick.
Ana Maria Corona Baltazares, Forest. Watercolor collage on paper. Ana is in seventh grade at Badger Rock Middle School, where she studies with art teacher Catherine Germain.
Elizabeth Ploch, Three Pears. Oil on canvas. Elizabeth is a senior at Madison West High School, where she studies with art teacher Barbara Drews.

Children who receive high-quality art education develop visual literacy and creative problem solving skills that are vital for succeeding in today’s world. Presenting works of art by Madison Metropolitan School District students in kindergarten through grade twelve, Young at Art  highlights the high caliber of studio art instruction in Madison’s public schools as well as the integration of art history and cultural studies in the visual art curriculum.

Organized biennially, Young at Art  is the result of a long-standing collaboration between the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the school district’s Fine Arts Department. Madison’s public school art teachers select works of art for the exhibition; each teacher is invited to submit up to three works of art for display. To reflect best practices in art education, the exhibition includes works made by individual students and by groups of students who have worked collaboratively. As a whole, Young at Art  demonstrates students’ imagination and talent and calls attention to their expressive potential.

Exhibition Sponsors

Generous support for Young at Art has been provided by Nancy and Tom Mohs; Steinhauer Charitable Trust; The Cummings Christensen Family Foundation; American Family Insurance; Associated Bank; Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company; Dane Arts with additional funds from the Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times; The Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Craftspeople; the Madison Arts Commission; a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts; and MMoCA Volunteers.

For Madison Metropolitan School District Art Teachers

Exhibition Facts and Calendar

related programming

Sunday, April 14 • 3–4:30 pm
Opening Celebration: Young at Art
Celebrate the opening of Young at Art, the biennial exhibition of art by Madison Metropolitan School District students in kindergarten through grade twelve. Young at Art calls attention to children’s creative potential and to the scope and variety of individual expression. It also highlights the high caliber of studio art instruction, as well as the integration of art history, science, and cultural studies in Madison’s public school art curriculum.

Sunday, May 5 • 1–2:30 pm
Kids’ Art Adventure
Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following guided discussions of works on view in the museum’s galleries. Embrace your creative potential with a sculptural project inspired by the diverse works in Young at Art.