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Art Program for High School Students - New York


From: Judith Decker (jdecker4art_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Mar 01 2005 - 04:29:00 PST

Dear Art Educators,

I received this notice about a new year round program
for high school students. Those of you from Long
Island New York may have already heard about it. If
you are interested read on....Deadline for year round
program is March 15 (short notice).

Below is information on the Heckscher-Usdan Student
Art Institute, a new, year-round Long Island program
at the nationally acclaimed Usdan Center for the
Creative and Performing Arts in Huntington, Long
Island and Huntington's Heckscher Museum of Art. More
information is available at If you
need more information, feel free to contact:

Reva Cooper
(718) 965-0486;
Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts/Dale
Lewis-Executive Director, and the Heckscher Museum of
Art/Beth Levinthal-Executive Director, have announced
a collaboration to launch the Heckscher-Usdan Student
Art Institute, to begin in the summer of 2005 at Usdan
Center. The two prominent arts institutions are both
in Huntington, Long Island -– Usdan Center is
America’s largest summer arts day camp, and the
Heckscher Museum was cited by the New York Times as
“One of the primary small museums in the country with
an international reputation.”
    The application deadline for the program is March
15, 2005.
    Talented high school-age visual artists Grades 9
to 11 will be selected for participation in the
Institute from a competitive selection process
including portfolio evaluation and school district
nomination. Fifteen young Long Island artists will be
invited as the first members of this select program.
Participants will spend their summers at Usdan Center
in special Institute studio and seminar classes, and
will meet twice each month during the winter at the
Heckscher Museum. The program will provide:

1) Studio art instruction
2) Master Classes and visits to the studios of
celebrated artists
3) Career and college portfolio preparation
4) Introduction to curatorial skills and behind the
scenes activity at the Heckscher
     The twin seasons of study will provide year-round
study on both the Heckscher Museum and Usdan Center
campuses. Artists, art educators, and museum
professionals will teach Institute classes and
seminars. Students will have opportunities to visit
several museums and artist studios. They will explore
the behind-the-scenes activities at the museums,
create new works of art, learn and employ the skills
of a curator in mounting exhibitions, and much more.

     A goal of the Institute is to create, for Long
Island’s most talented young visual artists, a sense
of community to encourage student-to-student artistic
inspiration, support and camaraderie. The Institutes
year-round program will provide young artists with the
opportunity to build upon their own interests and
talents, while also developing lasting friendships
with others from Long Island schools. The Institute
program will be divided as follows:

Summer: Participants will study at Usdan during their
seven-week long summer art program. They will have
daily studio instruction provided by prominent artist-
teachers, and will exhibit their work in the Goetz
Exhibition Gallery and the McKinley Amphitheater
Artist Lounge. Participants will be awarded a Usdan
Center Scholarship for Merit that will provide one
half of their Usdan Center tuition.

School Year: Participants will work with professional
museum educators, curators, and guest artists in
Master Classes, enjoy studio and museum visits as well
as workshop sessions at the Heckscher Museum of Art.
Student Art Institute members will learn the
behind-the-scenes activity that is required for the
mounting of changing exhibitions and will explore a
variety of art careers that stem from a
strong interest and talent in the visual arts.
Students will develop works of art inspired by
exhibitions at the Museum, and will attain in-depth
information about art movements and techniques.
Participants will be awarded a Heckscher Museum
of Art Executive Directors Award to cover half of
their school year Institute tuition.

      In preparation for the launch of the
Heckscher-Usdan Student Art Institute, student
exhibitors in the Heckscher Museum’s recent
exhibition, Long Islands Best: Young Artists at the
Heckscher were surveyed and their suggestions invited
as the Institute program is planned. The first class
of Institute participants will be announced in
conjunction with the awards ceremonies for Long
Island's Best in April 2005.

       The Heckscher Museum of Art provides an
ambitious schedule of special and traveling
exhibitions, and offers the public its own
distinguished collection of more than 1,800 paintings,
sculpture and works on paper spanning about 500 years
of European and American art. Particularly noted for
its 19th and early 20th century landscape collection,
it is also becoming known as a center for important
studies in early modernism. It also has a
comprehensive program in education, including career
development, and is involved in many educational
collaborations with universities, high schools and
organizations. Full information on the museum is
available at .
       Usdan Center, founded in 1968, was intended to
introduce the visual and performing arts into the
lives of children, as artsgoers. Over the years,
however, the unique stimulation of the Center, at its
magnificent 200-acre woodland setting at 185 Colonial
Springs Road, Wheatley Heights, NY 11798, has
encouraged many to go on to professional arts careers,
and celebrity alumni include actresses Natalie Portman
(currently in the films Closer and Garden State),
LisaGay Hamilton (in Broadway’s Gem of the Ocean),
singers Mariah Carey and Jane Monheit, playwright
Michele Lowe (Off-Broadway’s acclaimed String of
Pearls this season), and members of major music and
dance ensembles The Center’s visual arts programs
include study in painting, cartooning, ceramics,
sculpture, photography, jewelry making, television and
video arts, and computer graphics and web design.
Full information on Usdan Center is available at
       To apply for the Heckscher-Usdan Student Art
Institute, call Usdan Center at (212) 772-6060, or
(631) 643-7900.

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