MASS MoCA Hosts Teen Art Exhibit This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

April 26th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara
Far from a sedate art opening but a lot more fun.

Far from a sedate art opening, but a lot more fun…

Organized in collaboration with Northern Berkshire high school art teachers and young artists, the 2016 Teen Invitational showcases artwork created by high school students from seven regional high schools in a fun and friendly “sporting” environment. The sixth annual exhibition features art created by local students on view in MASS MoCA’s main galleries and opens with a reception and awards ceremony at 7pm on Friday (April 29). The weekend-long exhibition is on view through Sunday (May 1).

The Teen Invitational strives to reach all students who are engaged in the visual arts in northern Berkshire County, and who have made excellent work, inside or outside the classroom. “The Invitational is a celebration of the next generation of Berkshire creatives, showcasing the wide variety of art-making that local high schoolers are engaged with,” says MASS MoCA’s Director of Education Laura Thompson. A panel of MASS MoCA staff, area artists and art teachers jury the work.

Many participating students take art classes in school, but those just testing the waters in the arts are also encouraged to submit work. Formal art training is not required. Student artists create works in competition for cash awards that directly support their schools’ art departments and for tuition credits at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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