Springville Museum of Art Celebrates 50th Anniversary of High School Exhibits | News, Sports, Jobs
The Springville Museum of Art opened its 50th annual Utah High School Art Show on Saturday. The show features 335 teen performers from across the state, chosen from nearly 1,100 applicants – 50 of whom receive awards.
Accompanying the teen show, “From Student to Studio,” an exhibit featuring 13 former participants who have since turned their talents into professions ranging from painting and fine art to illustration and teaching art. ‘art.
The Springville Museum of Art began nearly a century ago with donations from Springville High School, according to Emily Larsen, the museum’s associate director. She said the school began a collection of pieces by artists Sirus Dallin and John Hafen, among others, in 1903. They donated the works to the museum when it opened in 1932. In addition to honoring its roots , high school exhibits showed SMA to be ahead of his time.
Although fine arts education has always been presented to the public in the performing arts, visual arts education just added presentation to its state standards in 2016, according to Cathy Jensen of the Office of the Utah State Education. Jensen, who specializes in fine arts education, said the state now has a four-pronged approach to teaching the visual arts — create, present, respond and connect.
Jensen said the display booth “opened many doors for thinking in addition to creating.” The standard also aims to include student-curated performances, such as those James Rees, a visual arts teacher at Provo High School, has overseen at Art Cetera at Provo Towne Center for the past five years and at Guru’s and Enliten. Coffee for the last decade.
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Curating helps students think like the teachers and jurors who traditionally host teen shows, according to Rees. He said it helps them realize that being accepted into an exhibition depends on factors such as theme, curator preferences and other criteria in addition to a work’s inherent merit.
Rees, now on the Research Commission of the National Art Education Association, arranged the Art Cetera gallery space and guided his students in curatorial work. His work and the story of his personal success are included in “From Student to Studio”. His own teenage entry was on the student show SMA in the 80s while a student at Timpview High School.
Others on the Student to Studio show include Greg Newbold, a Bingham High School graduate who worked on SMA’s high school show in 1983, 1984, and 1985 and later became an illustrator. Curator, bookseller and installation artist Stephanie Leitch, whose work was in the high school show in 2000 and David Meikle, whose billboard designs welcome people to Utah are also on display.
All have brief biographies alongside their works as well as advice or statements about the impact of the student art exhibit on their careers.
Rees, who helped create the new 2017 standards on a committee with Jensen, said the hope was to demand “more lessons that can help create a better range of possibilities”, so that more students are finding a place in the art world.
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