The Parrish Art Museum continues the tradition of the annual School Art Festival with a special exhibition of student art in the Museum’s stunning new home in Water Mill. The exhibition includes submissions from public and private schools in the townships of Riverhead, Southampton, East Hampton, and Southold, as well as high schools in the township of Brookhaven.
Elementary and Middle School Artwork
In the long-standing tradition of an annual School Art Festival, the Parrish's special exhibition galleries feature student art for the month of February. For over 60 years, the museum has reserved space in its exhibition schedule for young artists. Since opening last November, the new Parrish has become a destination for regional families. Every weekend, families come to explore the works on view and create their own artwork during Open Studio and Family Tours. School vacation workshop and summer camp provide opportunities for learning in the visual and performing arts. The museum also maintains several partnerships with regional schools, making the Parrish a unique resource for developing young artists.
Regional elementary and middle schools were invited to enter group projects; art teachers selected the grades for participation, developed the projects, and prepared the work for display. Participating schools include Bridgehampton School, Children's School, Cutchogue East Elementary School, East Quogue Elementary School, Eastport South Manor Jr.-Sr. High School, Greenport School, Hampton Bays Middle School, Hayground School, Mattituck Junior-Senior High School, New Suffolk School, Our Lady of Mercy, Our Lady of the Hamptons, Peconic Community School, Raynor Country Day School, Ross School, Sag Harbor Elementary School, South Street School, Eastport Elementary School, Southampton Elementary School, Southampton Intermediate School, Southampton Montessori School, and Tuckahoe Common School. Art work by regional high school students in on display in the neighboring galleries.
High School Artwork
This exhibition of high school artwork is just one aspect of the museum’s programming for the young artists. Programs include summer portfolio development workshops, monthly open studio classes for teens, and an ongoing partnership with Southampton High School. The new museum building, the ongoing presentation of the permanent collection, and a roster of special exhibitions present great opportunities for expanded programs and collaborations, making the Parrish a source of ongoing inspiration for the region’s emerging artists.
High schools were invited to enter individual works as well as group projects; regional art teachers selected the works on view. Participating high schools include Bellport High School, Bridgehampton High School, East Hampton High School, Eastport South Manor High School, Eastern Suffolk BOCES Brookhaven Technical Center, Greenport School, Hampton Bays High School, Mattituck Junior-Senior High School, Pierson High School, Riverhead High School, Ross School, Southampton High School, Westhampton Beach High School and William Floyd High School. Elementary and Middle School artwork is on display in the galleries across the hall.
A portion of the Museum’s programs is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by property taxpayers from the Southampton School District and Tuckahoe Common School District.
Opening celebrations for exhibiting artists and their families will be held on Saturday, February 2, 11 am–6 pm for student art, and Saturday, February 9, 4–6 pm for high school art. For more information, call 631-283-2118 x130. Participating student artists can RSVP online.