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Date of Release: 
Friday, February 18, 2011
Contact Info: 

Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information     
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Sheri Castelnuovo, Curator of Education 
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Young at Art Showcases Student Artists

Young at Art Showcases Student Artists 
March 20–May 15, 2011

High-resolution images of fabulous student artworks are available upon request. 

MADISON, WI –Young at Art, which opens March 20 in the State Street Gallery of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, presents works of art by Madison Metropolitan School District students in kindergarten through grade 12. 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 20, 3-4:30 pm. Teachers, student artists, and families are the featured guests at the reception, which is open to the public. The Chávez Marimba Club, a project of the César Chávez Elementary School, will perform at 3:30 pm in the MMoCA lobby.

In preparing for the exhibition, each of Madison’s public school art teachers is invited to submit up to three works created by his or her students. This process yields 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. Generous funding for Young at Art has been provided by Wells Fargo; the Steinhauer Charitable Trust; American Family Insurance; the Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Craftspeople; the Madison Arts Commission with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board; a grant from 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.

Admission to exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is free of charge. MMoCA is an independent museum supported through memberships and through generous contributions and grants from individuals, corporations, agencies, and foundations. Important support is also generated through auxiliary group programs; special events; rental of the museum’s lobby, lecture hall, and rooftop garden; and sales through the Museum Store.

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