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Date of Release: 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
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High-resolution images from the exhibition are available to the media.

Young at Art to Fill Gallery and Hearts

Young at Art to Fill Gallery and Hearts
March 28 – May 10, 2015
Young at Art Reception · Sunday, April 12 from 3 to 4:30 pm

MADISON, WI -- Young at Art, opening March 28 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 will showcase student art and arts education in big, bold new ways.

“We enjoy showcasing the creativity and skill of local student artists,” said Sheri Castlenuovo, MMoCA curator of education. “Our long-standing partnership with the Madison school district enables us to shine a light on the excellent work being done in schools by talented students and inspiring arts teachers, as well as the benefits of arts education to the broader community.”

Young at Art will include more schools and students than in any previous year, with 46 schools and over 700 student artists participating. Additionally, new this year, five works of art will be displayed on five billboards in the Madison area. These five billboards will remain on view but in changing locations for a year. MMoCA is pleased to be able to broaden awareness of Young at Art, MMoCA family programming, and the importance of art education through this new partnership with Adams Outdoor Advertising.

The artworks featured on the billboards are: a watercolor painting by Jessica M. in kindergarten at Carl Sandburg Elementary School; a painting using tempera paint by Tadaria R. in the 2nd grade at Aldo Leopold Elementary School; a pencil drawing by Caitlyn S., in 8th grade at Velma Hamilton Middle School; a ceramic sculpture by Kaotee T. in 12th grade at La Follette High School; and a mixed media collage by the entire student body at Lincoln Elementary School.

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, to the scope and variety of individual expression, and to the excellence of art instruction in Madison’s public schools.

In preparing for the exhibition, each of Madison’s public school art teachers was invited to submit up to three works of art 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. All works on view in Young at Art demonstrate students’ imagination and talent.


Young at Art Reception
Sunday, April 12 ·  3–4:30 pm
Open to the public, this event celebrates children’s creative potential and the high caliber of art instruction in Madison’s public schools. Guests will enjoy the art of students in the Madison Metropolitan School District, live music from East High School's East Jazz Orchestra.

ART+ Learning
Tuesday, April 14 ·  5:30 – 7:30 pm
An event organized by the MMoCA Business Council, ART+ is an event series exploring timely topics using art as a pivot point and creates lively, unique networking opportunities.

ART+ Learning, presented in conjunction with Young at Art, will feature a dialogue withDr. Jennifer Cheatham, Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent and Aaron Olver, Managing Director of University Research Park. Guests will participate in a discussion of the role of arts education, the need for creative exploration to initiate innovation, and the benefits of these to creating a dynamic business environment and strong economy. 


Young at Art funding has been generously provided by CUNA Mutual Group; Nancy and Tom Mohs; MG&E Foundation; a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and National Endowment for the Arts; and MMoCA Volunteers.


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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