Students and Their Art Rule at The Parrish

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The 2019 Parrish Art Museum Student Exhibition. Tom Kochie photo.

From March 7 through April 19, the work of more than 1,000 young artists from the East End will be on view in the Parrish Art Museum’s annual Student Exhibition. A nearly 65-year tradition celebrating youthful imagination and boundless creativity, this year’s exhibition was enhanced by artist-in-residence workshops with three artists in the museum’s recent exhibition “Artists Choose Artists,” Irina Alimanestianu, Scott Bluedorn and Bastienne Schmidt.

The exhibition opens with two free receptions on Saturday, March 7, that are free and open to the public. The first is the young artists’ reception for students in pre-K through grade eight from 1 to 3 p.m. followed by the high school artists’ reception  from 3 to 5 p.m.

“The Parrish looks forward to the enthusiasm for art making and the creativity expressed in the Student Exhibition every year. That energy is amplified this year by the museum’s sixth artist-in-residence with three artists selected for ‘Artists Choose Artists,’” said Parrish Director Terrie Sultan. “These hands-on workshops with practicing artists provide inspiring opportunities for hundreds of students.”

Participants in the Student Exhibition explore many traditional and non-traditional approaches to art-making. Working with art teachers and through art clubs in schools from Bellport to East Hampton and the North Fork, the students, including those who are home-schooled, demonstrate imagination, enthusiasm, and technical skill in diverse media such as painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and costume design. Taken together, the exhibition gives an overview of the high level of creativity and accomplishment achieved in the schools.

“Each year, the Student Exhibition showcases the work of our community’s young artists and art educators,” said Parrish Education Director Cara Conklin-Wingfield. “The visual arts are a means of personal expression and communication for all ages — we hope the exhibition inspires all our visitors to make art and helps our student artists form a lifelong appreciation for art.”

Elementary and middle schools enter group projects while high school artists are represented by individual works and collaborative projects. Artist Neill Slaughter, a professor of Visual Art at Long Island University, will present awards to recognize select high school seniors for their exceptional talent and skill, in categories ranging from painting to mixed media. “Ones to Watch” honors are given to underclassmen.

The Parrish Art Museum is at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. For more information, visit parrishart.org.

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