The Record-Review – The official newspaper of Bedford and Pound Ridge, New York

May 20, 2011

Fox Lane seniors Emily Hoffman and Everest Rainford pose next to the Young Artists exhibition’s poster submissions. Two students from each member high school are invited to submit their poster designs.


Community members flock to the Young Artists exhibition


Sunday, May 15, marked the 28th year of the Young Artists exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art. The exhibition showcases the artwork of 300 seniors from the museum’s member high schools in the counties of Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield. There are 35 high schools represented at the exhibition, and each high school is allowed to display the artwork of up to 12 artists. In total, there are about 350 works of art on display.

The environment at the museum’s opening reception was vibrant. Live music, courtesy of a jazz band of three John Jay high school and middle school students, added to the excitement of the crowds of people filing into the museum.

“I think the Young Artists exhibition has really become a staple in the community, through the teachers and through the museum,” Margaret Adasko, the museum’s education programs manager, said. “People now expect every year to see up-and-coming high school artwork.”

The focus of the exhibition is on honoring young artists and promoting group collaboration. As Yvonne Pollack, a member of the museum’s board of trustees, observed, the unification of a large group of like-minded people always results in outstanding work.

“It brings artists together,” Ms. Adasko said. “In each high school, there happen to be a few special art students, and this is their chance to come together and to appreciate each other’s work. It’s also a way for the museum to honor young artists, because that’s the future of the art world.”

Rebecca Green, a senior at Fox Lane High School, agrees: “This event makes a stronger connection between schools,” she noted. “Since kids actually come from the schools to set the exhibit up, I made some friends and got to know some people here throughout the week.”

The students’ collaboration certainly seems to be doing the trick, as the Young Artists exhibition consistently marks the museum’s highest attendance on a single day. Fox Lane senior Everest Rainford has a theory on that: “The Young Artists exhibition opens up high school students’ work to the public and allows people to see their talent — something they don’t normally get to see.”

The students on display are specially chosen by their art teachers and are taken through the process that goes into preparing an exhibition, from setting up the space to hanging the pieces of artwork.

Two students from each member high school are also welcomed to participate in a poster designing competition. The students are invited to a workshop during which they learn about the process behind designing a poster and then sketch out their ideas. They then vote on their favorite and a jury helps to decide the winner, which becomes the official poster of the exhibit. The winner of this year’s poster competition was Heather McLeod, a senior at New Fairfield High School.

As the museum’s executive director Neil Watson emphasized, the Young Artists exhibition “goes to the core of the art world,” providing students with a taste of the whole artistic experience.

Emily Hoffman, a senior at Fox Lane High School, came away from the showing with a similar feeling: “I think the Young Artists exhibit is a great opportunity for high school students to really see all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into putting together an art show. The kids get to help hang the show and design the poster, which is an awesome learning experience for anyone considering a career in the art world.”

The artwork covered a wide range of visual art, including painting, photography, ceramics, prints and mixed media.

The Young Artists exhibition will be open through May 22. For more information, visit or call 232-9555.

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