Youth Visual Arts Education May Newsletter

above: the 2019 USD 497 Exhibition, on view through May 10th


Enroll Now for Our Summer Discount!

Sure, summer doesn’t officially start until June 20th, but as artists we rarely follow the rules, and around here summer classes start the week of June 2nd. To satisfy our impatience for popsicle/firefly/lawn sprinkler season, we’re offering a $10.00 discount on all Youth Visual Art summer classes for those enrolling before May 19th. It may be too chilly for a pool party, but a hot deal is always in season! Use your extra savings on water balloons!

USD 497 Vanguard Award Winners Announced:

A generous thank you to the numerous USD 497 instructors, student artists, and staff that made the annual USD 497 Exhibition opening a success! The monumental number of two-dimensional and sculptural works submitted, as well as the quality and range of creative offerings, have transformed our galleries into a landscape of local talent. In addition to the show, which will be on view through May 10th, winners of the 2019 Vanguard Awards were selected by jurors Denise Stone, Kent Smith, and Erika Kjorlie.

Winners of the 2019 Vanguard Awards:

Vanguard Award:  A prize of $1200 is awarded to each of the top 2D and top 3D high school artists included in the USD 497 show, whose work demonstrates the highest overall quality, originality, and skill. The prize intended to support the student’s continued study in the visual arts.

 Winona Ayon for her painting “Inside My Dream” taught by Ms. Wendy Vertacnik

 Ethan Anderson for his sculpture “Untitled” taught by Mr. Bryan Lloyd


Trailblazer Award: A prize of $600 is awarded to a 2D and 3D student whose work is of high quality and demonstrates an exceptional level of experimentation, innovation, and skill. The prize is intended to support the student’s continued study in the visual arts.

Maria Rosa Godinez for her metalwork “Cleopatra’s Token” taught by Ms. Deena Amont

Sierra Ashenfelter for her digital artwork “Breathing the Gases” taught by Ms. Angelia Perkins


Vanguard Emerging Artist Awards: A free visual art class is awarded to one student in each grade K-8 for work that is high quality and that demonstrates an exceptional level of experimentation, innovation, and skill.  The prize is intended to support the student’s continued study in visual art. The teacher of winning students also receive a free class at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Kindergarten Isabel Johnson     Hannah Hurst  at Deerfield

1st  Piper Kuckelman       Rachel Johnson at Pinckney

3rd Jillian Lehman                   Hannah Hurst at Deerfield

4th Ka’Travin Moore          Jacob Lewis at Pinckney

5th Corran Poettker            Jacob Lewis at Pinckney

6th Rhubarb Brubacher       Marie Bower  at Central

7th Linh Nguyen                 Caitlin Bubna at Southwest

8th Jolene Shambo               Marie Bower at Central


stARTup Students’ Exhibitions on View Now: 

Artists Quincy Grove, Symon Knox, Ruby McLendon, Wil Myslivy, and Addie Thornsbury began working within our stARTup professional development program in the fall of 2018 to strengthen their portfolios, create websites, improve arts-based writing skills, and discuss exhibition planning. The program will be ending this spring, and the student’s Final Friday shows are a culmination of participation in the nine-month program. Visit the following galleries, where our first round of stARTup shows will be on view through May. Find more information on our events page, and find:

Quincy GroveA Girl on Grandma’s Dishes, on display at the Phoenix Underground

Symon KnoxCurious Existence, on display at Edward Jones

Ruby McLendonConsciousness in Bloom, on display at Z’s on Massachusetts

Wil MyslivyGarden of Lavender, on display at the Lawrence Public Library

Addie ThornsburyGrasping the Uninhabited, on display at the Lawrence Arts Center, Front Gallery



Additional stARTup Students to Exhibit for May Final Friday: 

Debuting on Final Friday, May 31st, five additional stARTup graduates will hold solo exhibition openings! Join us for:


Maya Weslander, on display at Z’s on Massachusetts

Liam Hoey-Kummerow, the World is Too Small for Walls, on display at Gould Evans

Juliana Wilches, Spectrum: Pieles, on display at Phoenix Underground

Mina Dailey, My Shakey Hands, on display at the Lawrence Arts Center, Lower Gallery

Stay tuned here for more details!