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Young Artists 2017 Until March 5

Young-Artists-2017February 2 – March 5, 2017

Now in its 34th year, the Young Artists exhibition showcases the extraordinary talents of aspiring artists. More than 400 artworks by high school students from over 40 schools across Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties will fill the Katonah Museum of Art‘s galleries.This unique program gives teens the opportunity to work behind-the-scenes to produce a museum exhibition. In the course of many months they take on the roles of graphic designer, curator, exhibition designer, art installer, and artist as they collaborate with professionals to produce this impressive exhibition. The winning invitation was designed by Anna Lao from White Plains High School in this year’s Graphic Design Workshop.

Running concurrently in the Learning Center and Spot Lounge is the exhibition Thinking Through Art: Young Artists and Writers which presents art and writing created by students and inspired by the exhibition Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection. This multi-session, Museum-based curriculum that culminates in an exhibition uses the examination of original art as a dynamic source for generating new works involving writing, visual art, and media. On display will be work by fourth grade students from Katonah Elementary School, Katonah, NY and third grade students from King School, Greenwich, CT.

Now celebrating its 11th year, Thinking Through Art is presented both in the Museum galleries and the students’ classrooms, and features KMA’s writer-in-residence, poet Pamela Hart, who works in-depth with students from Westchester and Fairfield counties. The curriculum is collaboratively planned with teachers and supports Common Core and other literacy skills.

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