KATONAH, N.Y. – High schoolers with remarkable artistic talent will get a chance Sunday to showcase their work to the community. Now in its 30th year, the Katonah Museum of Art's annual Young Artists exhibition opens for an eight-day run this weekend.
The show will feature more than 300 works of art from about 35 schools in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Fairfield counties. Each year, the museum invites high school seniors from its member schools to live out a dream for many aspiring artists: participating in all aspects of a real museum exhibition.
As a nonprofit organization, the museum lets schools join as members for $200 per academic year for an unlimited number of free visits during the year at no additional cost, with special savings for districtwide memberships.
The Young Artists 2013 exhibition runs from Sunday through Feb. 10 and is sponsored by Martha and Richard Handler and Rebecca and Arthur Samberg.
The Young Artists program traditionally begins in November with a poster design workshop in which students, led by a professional graphic designer, create invitations in the Young Artists invitation design contest.
Austin-Tyler Lantz from Sleepy Hollow High School won this year based on votes from participating students and the museum board, staff and volunteers. Thirty-seven entries from 20 local high schools will be on display at the opening reception at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Beginning in January, senior students' artwork was selected by teachers, framed and delivered to the museum for the exhibition. Following the arrival of their work, representative students from each school helped curate and install the exhibits. The museum is currently closed to accommodate this project.
Concurrent exhibitions in the museum's Learning Center and Project Gallery will present student work created by Katonah-Lewisboro elementary schools and the King School in Connecticut as part of the museum's Thinking Through Art program.
Also on view will be original art, animation and books created by students from the Country Children's Center and Branchville Elementary School in Ridgefield, Conn., inspired by their visits to the museum's exhibit “Ice Age to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios,” which closed Jan. 20.