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U.Va. Art Museum Begins Third Summer Of Successful Summer Arts Program

June 6, 2003 --

WHAT: Summer Arts @ the Museum

WHEN: Two-week sessions, beginning July 7 through Aug. 15

WHERE: University of Virginia Art Museum

The University of Virginia Art Museum offers area middle- and high-school students an opportunity to explore the visual arts at its successful program, Summer Arts @ the Museum, a two-week summer arts program offered three times during July and August. Youth entering grades four through 12 this fall are eligible to attend the two-week sessions at the museum. Full scholarships are available for qualifying applicants.

Summer Arts is a hands-on, arts education program that connects arts-interested youth to the inspirational possibilities of studying and experiencing artworks at the museum. Young artists have the opportunity to immerse themselves in creating artwork all day long. Arts educators introduce fine art techniques and encourage art material exploration. The Summer Arts environment focuses on individual artistic growth. Students also have opportunities to interact in workshop settings with nationally and internationally known artists, who often have exhibits at the museum that coincide with the Summer Arts program.

This summer young artists will explore the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, including large-scale wood sculptures by Emilie Brzezinski, electronic musical composition created by music professor Judith Shatin and inspired by Brzezinski's sculpture, and Rodney Smith's black-and-white photographs.

As in the past, students will work closely in workshop settings with artists, including mixed media artist and arts educator Tim Rollins, who will be exhibiting artwork at the museum this fall; composer Judith Shatin; and documentary photographer Mary Motley Kalergis. Young artists also will take a field trip to the Music Resource Center to record a group musical composition during each session.

Sessions are July 7 – 18, July 21 – Aug. 1, and Aug. 4 – 15. The fee for each session is $400 for museum members and $460 for non-members before June 16, and an additional $40 if registering after June 16. Each two-week session runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and includes a maximum of 40 participants, who are divided into small groups according to age.

"The mission of Summer Arts @ the Museum is to provide a safe and fun environment for young artists to sharpen their focus on art," said Summer Arts program director Jennifer Van Winkle. "Summer Arts focuses on the concepts of experiencing art, choosing art and creating art by introducing students to new experiences of art at the museum, allowing students to choose a session with a featured artist, and providing a place and time for young artists to create their own artwork."

For details or to register, contact Van Winkle at (434) 243-5534 or e-mail summerartsmuseum@yahoo.com. Information and registration forms also are available on the museum’s Web site: www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.

Summer Arts @ the Museum is supported this year by the Bama Works Foundation, administered by the Charlottesville Albemarle Community Foundation; the Thomas L. Piper, Jr. Education Endowment; the Young Friends of the University of Virginia Art Museum; and contributions of museum members and The Hunt is On! participants. Studio facilities are provided by the University of Virginia Art Department.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434A) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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