Young at Art 2009
March 15, 2009 to May 17, 2009

Young at Art, presents works of art by Madison Metropolitan School District students in kindergarten through grade 12. Organized biennially, the exhibition is the result of a long-standing collaboration between MMoCA and the school district’s Fine Arts Department.

An opening reception will take place on Sunday, March 15, from 3–4:30 pm. Teachers, student artists, and families are invited to celebrate the works on view in the exhibition. A marimba band composed of students from Chavez Elementary School will perform in the museum’s lobby from 3–4 pm.

In preparing for the exhibition, each of Madison’s public school art teachers was invited to submit up to three works created by his or her students. As a group, the works represent a full range of technique, subject matter, and media, including drawing, painting, collage, photography, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, fiber, and computer-generated art.

Young at Art underscores the value of early and continuing exposure to high-quality art education. The exhibition calls attention to children’s creative potential and problem-solving skills; to the scope and variety of individual expression; and to the excellence of art instruction in Madison’s public schools. All works on view in Young at Art demonstrate students’ imagination and talent, and reflect best-practices in art education.

Young at Art is organized by the education department of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Madison Metropolitan School District. Funding has been generously provided by the Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company; the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, with additional funds from the American Girl’s Fund for Children and the Overture Foundation; the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board; the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Art League of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.