This past Thursday, an opening reception for Young Visions 2014, an exhibition of artworks from Studio in a School, took place at Christie’s within Rockefeller Center. Studio in a School is a non-profit organization that has partnered with the New York City Department of Education for 37 years to offer art education programs for children in under-served public schools, daycare centers, and community-based organizations in Pre-K through college in all five boroughs. The young artists, their families, their teachers, and other supporters were in attendance. Additionally, Jeff Koons, Tom Finkelpearl, William Wegman, Wendy Mark, Maira Kalman, Rick Meyerowitz, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Lia Chavez, and Tom Cahill attended the reception. I had the opportunity to talk to Jeff Koons and he mentioned that being part of Studio in a School is about “pursuing your intuitions, making a gesture.” He loves being able to support students from a variety of schools. Tom Cahill, President & Chief Executive Officer of Studio in a School also mentioned that he’s thrilled to see all of the students’ works of art on display.
The exhibition highlighted over 200 pieces made by students at almost 60 public schools in all five boroughs. Common themes in the artworks included animals, city scenery, portraits, and nature landscapes. Media types included oil pastel, pencil, collage, printmaking, paint, clay, and papier-mâché. All of the pieces are creative, filled with energy, and beautiful.
The exhibition will be on display at Christie's through July 2. Definitely check it out!