Virtual Opening, “Young Visions 2021”

Join us to celebrate students’ creativity.

Friday, June 11, 4-5 p.m. on Zoom (RSVP through Eventbrite to attend)

Studio in a School Association is pleased to present Young Visions 2021, an annual exhibition celebrating the extraordinary artistic achievements of students participating in our visual art programs. The virtual reception will highlight student artworks in the exhibition, which takes the form of a digital catalogue and will be hosted by Christie’s in July 2021.

Studio leadership and program staff, along with our cultural partner, Christie’s New York, will join in this celebration of students’ talent. Speakers include:

Agnes Gund / Founder, Studio in a School Association

Alison Scott-Williams / President, Studio NYC

Jennifer Hall / Senior Vice President, Christie’s New York

Thomas Cahill / President, Studio Institute

Patricia Hewitt / Acting Board Chair, Studio in a School Association

Young Visions 2021 takes the form of a digital catalogue. Through these works of art, we see the development of skills and capacities and the artistic choices the students made, whether they worked individually or collaboratively. Beyond the artworks on view, this exhibition honors the effort, learning, growth, and creativity of every child who participated in Studio’s programs this year.

Collage by Gabrielle P., P.S. 182, Studio NYC Artist Instructor William Waitzman

The 2021 school year was like no other. As our school partners transitioned from in-person to remote learning models, Studio was right there beside them, adapting, innovating, and reimagining how we teach art. Artist Instructors prepared video-recorded lessons and step-by-step handouts for children to explore independently; they beamed into students’ homes and classrooms for live-streamed lessons; and when circumstances allowed, they taught in person.

The images collected in the exhibition reflect how Studio programs adapted to meet the needs of our students as they highlight innovation and celebrate silver linings. For example, our students could not always access the high-quality art materials we prepare for them. Despite this seeming limitation, the creativity and resourcefulness our young artists shone through as they repurposed household items to make unconventional works of art and transformed their living spaces into thriving studios.

Thanks to the many parents, caretakers, and classroom teachers who generously provided us with images, we see more than just the artworks; we see the proud faces of children holding up their art, children sharing their artworks over Zoom, and glimpses of children engrossed in the creative process.

We are immensely grateful to our Artist Instructors for their hard work and dedication during a singularly challenging year, and we are very proud of all that our students achieved. We hope this exhibition will bring joy to everyone who sees it.

Painting by Isabell B., P.S. 182, Studio NYC Artist Instructor William Waitzman

To attend, please RSVP through Eventbrite. You will receive the Zoom link to join us. This event is free and open to the public.