Parents who imagine seeing their child’s art hanging on a museum wall can have their dream come true with the Hunterdon Art Museum’s “Young Artists Showcase 2013.”
The Young Artists Showcase, sponsored in part by Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area (RMHC NYTSA), highlights the talents of students from Hunterdon County and beyond. Teachers from participating schools select the art which appears for two weeks at the Museum. The Young Artist Showcase, which has traditionally focused on children from elementary and middle school, now features a new wrinkle: Hunterdon Central High School students displayed their artwork in this year’s showcase.
“We display everything the school sends,” said Jennifer Brazel, director of education for the museum. “Our goal is to have each school equally represented during their showcase. Each school has its artwork displayed for two weeks. There’s an opening reception for students, parents and teachers the first Saturday the work is exhibited. The reactions typically range from proud to excited as students admire their own work and the work of their peers,” Brazel said.
“As an expressive medium, art is beneficial to the development of children as it enhances their ability to express themselves,” said Christopher Perry, Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area’s Executive Director. “In keeping with our organization’s Mission of supporting programs that directly improve the well-being of children, we are proud to support the Young Artists Showcase.” RMHC NYTSA donated $6,000 to the Museum’s Young Artists Showcase.
“It’s important to show how well the students are doing at a young age,” Brazel said. “The quality of work we get is outstanding, and shows what art teachers are doing as art funding continues to get cut. Teachers work with kids on high levels, creating thoughtful and skillful work in their classrooms.”
The exhibition, which runs annually from January to June, has been an annual event at the Museum for at least 20 years.
“The Young Artists Showcase is one of the longest-running programs we offer,” Brazel said. “It fits in perfectly with the original mission of our founders to make this an art center for craftsmen and students.”
Any student whose art appeared in this exhibition received a discount voucher from their teacher for any Young Artists Showcase Workshop. The workshops offer students the opportunity to enhance their drawing, painting, clay or printmaking skills.
Schools participating in the “Young Artists Showcase 2013” are: Lebanon Borough School, Delaware Township School, J.P. Case Middle School, Kingwood Township School, Frenchtown Elementary School, Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Readington Middle School, Immaculate Conception School, Bonnie Brae School, Clinton Township Middle School, Round Valley School, Spruce Run School, Patrick McGaheran Elementary School, Thomas B. Conley Elementary School, Clinton Public School, Copper Hill School, Reading-Fleming Intermediate School, Ethel Hoppock Middle School and Hampton Public School.