Parrish Art Museum’s 2022 Student Exhibition kicks off

WATER MILL, NY – Young artists from across the East End will have a chance to shine as the Parrish Art Museum presents its 2022 Student Exhibition, March 12-April 24.

The creativity of 1,000 student artists will be showcased.

“A 65-year tradition of celebrating the imagination and creativity of young people, this important aspect of the Museum’s program was reinforced by this year’s Artist-in-Residence, Eric Dever, who led workshops with over 250 students” , the Museum said in a statement.

A 54-foot-long collaborative mural created during the residency, a video demonstration of the process by Dever, as well as original works by the artist will also be featured.

The exhibition opens with a private preview day for artists, their families and teachers on March 12. Reception guests can enjoy refreshments from South Fork Bakery, as well as live performances from the Bridgehampton School Marimba Band and musician/storyteller/naturalist Johnny Cuomo. The “Young Artists’ Reception,” for K-8 students, is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m.; a “High School Artists Welcome” takes place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

There is no admission charge for receptions; registration is encouraged.

“We are thrilled to showcase the thriving arts community in schools across our region by supporting the work of art educators and student artists,” said Parrish Director of Education Cara Conklin-Wingfield. “We hope the exhibit will bring pride and joy to children and families, and stimulate a lifelong love of art.”

The collaborative mural created during Dever’s residency, titled “A Visual Conversation,” will be displayed in the Museum’s Spine Gallery. In his workshops, Dever created and used a unique process that took place at 60-second intervals, the museum said.

“Each student started a work of art, using a color of paint and a colored painting or drawing tool. After just one minute, they passed it to the next participant, who had 60 seconds to respond to what was on the page. The sharing process continued until the work returned to the original artist,” the Museum said.

Participants in the student exhibition explored many traditional and non-traditional approaches to artistic creation.

Working with their art teachers and through art clubs at schools from Bellport to East Hampton and North Fork, students demonstrated “imagination, enthusiasm and technical skill” in a variety of media such as that painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and new media, among others, said the organizers of the exhibition.

“As a whole, the exhibition provides a glimpse of the high level of creativity and achievement achieved in schools,” organizers said.

Elementary and middle schools enter group projects; high school artists are represented through individual works and collaborative projects. In April, painter Neill Slaughter, professor emeritus of visual arts at Long Island University, will select and present awards to recognize select high school students for their exceptional talent and skills, in categories ranging from painting to mixed media. “Those to Watch” honors are awarded to underclasses.

In addition to the nearly 300 group and individual works created by students under the guidance of their art teachers in more than 40 public, private and home schools, the exhibition features group works by more than 250 students from Southampton and Hampton Bays Life Skills, and Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Southampton and Tuckahoe Schools and the Southampton Youth Bureau who participated in the residency.

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