Teen Visions ’17 showcases the work of youth artists from more than 30 regional high schools, January 9-24, 2017

More than 60 paintings, drawings, and photographs by local high school students who participated in the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft’s summer Art Intensive Program will be featured in the exhibition Teen Visions ‘17. These students represent more than 30 regional high schools and will exhibit their work in this juried show on view at the James W. Palmer III Gallery at Vassar College from Monday, January 9 through Tuesday, January 24.

Representing a wide variety of media, the artwork exhibited in Teen Visions ’17 was selected by a panel of educators from more than 1750 works, based upon artistic statement, vision, and visual acuity, as well as individual accomplishment.

On Thursday, January 12, there will be an opening reception for the exhibition from 5:00 - 7:00pm in the gallery.

Todd Poteet, the director of the Art Institute, noted that the Teen Visions exhibition is a milestone for these young artists. “This exhibition has been held at Vassar for several years. For many Mill Street Loft students, this show was their first introduction to having their work displayed in a professional gallery. As I look back, I see that it inspired and helped launch many of their professional careers in the arts,” Poteet explains. “I have no doubt that in the 2017 show are several young artists about to burst on the professional scene.”

During this exhibition, the Palmer Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 9am-4:30pm, but calling ahead to the Office of Campus Activities is recommended.  

About Mill Street Loft

Mill Street Loft is an award-winning multi-arts educational center in Poughkeepsie dedicated to bringing a wide range of creative, educational and culturally enriching outreach and tuition-based programs to diverse audiences throughout the Hudson Valley ( Designed for motivated teens ages 14-19, the program is completely run by professional artists to help develop skills in visual and media arts.

The Art Institute aims to prepare students for top art schools, to excel in the program of study they choose, and to become working professional artists in their prospective fields. Since 2000, Art Institute graduates have received offers of more than $35 million in merit-based scholarships to the nation’s major colleges, universities, and art schools, including Pratt Institute, the School of Visual Arts (SVA), Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Columbus College of Art and Design, and the Cooper Union.

For further information, please contact Todd Poteet, director of the Art Institute, at 845-471-7477.

About the James W. Palmer III Gallery

Situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria, the James W. Palmer III Gallery is at the heart of the College Center. Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the class of 1990. Serving as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, the gallery displays art of diverse mediums, themes, and origins.

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, December 16, 2016

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