Art Ready: Selected Work from the Artist Mentorship Program May 19-27 at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, NY
Art Ready: Selected Work from the
Artist Mentorship Program
Opening reception: Wednesday, May 19 at 6pm
Above image: Smack Mellon's 2009-2010 Art Ready students on a field trip to Storm King Art Center in front of the earth work sculpture by Maya Lin, Storm King Wavefield, 2007-2008
Participating Youth Artists:
Yarhissa Balbuena, Elijah Barrott, Denisia Codrington, Abigail Copantitla, Dennis Cyrus, Joseph Foster, Ashley Georges, Leslie Gonzaga, Kevin Granderson, Ralphí Marte, Elijah McMillan, Kabrina McRae, Andrea Montesdeoca, Jahrus Simmons, Ashley Sims, Mariah Texidor
This exhibition presents the work of students who participated in the 2009-2010 session of Art Ready, Smack Mellon's arts mentorship program for motivated high school students interested in possibly pursuing a career in the visual arts. Working with professional painters, architects, installation artists, jewelry makers, video artists, and photographers, the student artists in this show created an impressive range of work in a variety of media. The art on view includes digital videos and animations, digital photographs, drawings in various media, and collages using cardboard and other unconventional materials. One student worked with a jewelry designer to create an original necklace, and two students collaborated with professional architects to design their ideal school through scale models and diagrams. The work will address such topics as body image, urban planning, and personal iconography.
Art Ready is a mentorship program designed to give students the opportunity to experience firsthand what it is like to be a professional working in a visual arts discipline. Students are exposed to a wide variety of artists and arts professionals, participate in internships, and visit museums and galleries.
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Art Ready is made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council, and with support from the Helena Rubinstein Foundation and Smack Mellon's Members.
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