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Date of Release: 
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Contact Info: 

Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
608.257.0158 x 237 or erika@mmoca.org

Young at Art, Inspiring and Impressive, Opens Soon

Young at Art, Inspiring and Impressive, Opens Soon

February 11 – April 23, 2017

Young at Art Reception · Sunday, February 26, 3 to 4:30 pm

 

MADISON, WI -- Young at Art, opening February 11 in the State Street Gallery of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, presents extraordinary works of art by Madison Metropolitan School District students in kindergarten through Grade 12. This year, Young at Art includes art works by 244 students who attend 43 Madison public schools. Included among the works are projects made collaboratively by small groups of students and a digital animation that was created collectively by all fourth grade students at one school.

“Young at Art calls attention to the creative impulse that is a hallmark of being human. Works of art in the exhibition showcase the natural artistic talent that each child possesses,” says Sheri Castelnuovo, MMoCA curator of education. “Young at Art also demonstrates the importance of equitable access to art education and skilled art educators who fully support students’ artistic, cognitive, and emotional development. This inspiring and impressive exhibition illustrates the effect of the arts on learning and growth.”

Organized biennially, Young at Art presents works of art by Madison Metropolitan School District students in kindergarten through grade twelve. Showcasing the depth of expression, creative power, and developing skill possessed by young artists, this exhibition is the result of a long-standing collaboration between the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the school district’s Arts Education Department.

Madison’s public school art teachers were invited to submit up to three works of art
for the exhibition, including individual works as well as those made collaboratively.  The resulting exhibition displays a full range of subject matter, technique, and art mediums—from drawing, painting, and collage to photography, jewelry, ceramic, fiber, and new media arts.

Young at Art calls attention to children’s creative potential and to the personal exploration made possible through artistic expression. The exhibition also highlights the high caliber of art instruction in Madison’s public schools and the interdisciplinary nature of art education.

EXHIBITION SPONSORSHIP

Generous funding for Young at Art has been provided by Nancy Mohs; the Steinhauer Charitable Trust; Pat and Shirley Kubly; Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company; MG&E Foundation; JoAnne Robbins and David Falk;  CUNA Mutual Group; and Dane Arts.

 

RELATED EVENTS and PROGRAMMING

Kids' Art Adventures

Sunday, February 12, 2017 ·  1 pm2:30pm

Kids and grown-up will find inspiration and explore expression by viewing a diverse range of artworks by K-12 students in Young at Art. Participants can embrace their own creative potential with a project inspired by select works on view.

Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following guided discussion of works on view in the museum’s exhibitions. The program is appropriate for children ages six to ten, accompanied by an adult. 

Space at Kids’ Art Adventures is limited to thirty children and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Families are encouraged to arrive early to reserve a space in the workshop. A sign-up sheet is available at the lobby welcome desk fifteen minutes before the workshop begins.

Young at Art Reception

February 26, 2017 • 3–4:30 pm

Organized biennially, Young at Art presents works of art by Madison Metropolitan District students in kindergarten through grade 12. The exhibition is the result of a long-standing collaboration between MMoCA and the school district’s Arts Education Department. For the exhibition, each of Madison’s public school art teachers is invited to submit up to three works of art for the exhibition, including individual works as well as those made collaboratively. The resulting exhibition showcases a full range of subject matter, technique, and art mediums – from drawing, painting, and collage to photography, metals, ceramic, fiber, and new media arts. Young at Art calls attention to children’s creative potential and to the scope and variety of individual expression. The exhibition also highlights the high caliber of art instruction in Madison’s public schools and the interdisciplinary nature of art education. The exhibition reception on Sunday, February 26th will feature a performance by East High School’s Jazz Orchestra.

Kids' Art Adventures

April 2, 2017 • 1–2:30pm

Look at a variety of animal imagery in Young at Art and create a sculptural creature inspired by the amazing animals that inhabit the earth.

Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following guided discussion of works on view in the museum’s exhibitions. The program is appropriate for children ages six to ten, accompanied by an adult. 

Space at Kids’ Art Adventures is limited to thirty children and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Families are encouraged to arrive early to reserve a space in the workshop. A sign-up sheet is available at the lobby welcome desk fifteen minutes before the workshop begins.

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Housed in a soaring, Cesar Pelli designed building, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art provides free exhibitions and education programs that engage people in modern and contemporary art. The three galleries offer changing exhibitions that feature established and emerging artists. The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view. The museum is open: Tuesday-Thursday: noon – 5pm; Friday: noon – 8pm; Saturday: 10am – 8pm; Sunday: noon – 5pm; and is closed on Mondays.     

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