WORCESTER -- Earlier this month, students Katherine Newman from Francis W. Parker Charter School and Rene Morrison from Littleton High School of Ayer joined 145 Massachusetts high school juniors at the 25th annual Art All state program at the Worcester Art Museum.
Newman and Morrison were invited to participate in the prestigious program, which is organized by the museum and the Massachusetts Art Education Association.
Students are nominated by their art teachers, then undergo a rigorous application process. "The competition across the state for the 147 available spots is stiff," Gillian Bonazoli, manager of Art All State said. "This year marked one of the most competitive years to date since Art All State's inception in 1987. The group of students we have this year truly represents the very best in Massachusetts."
Participants spent the past weekend immersed in workshops, mentored by professional artists who guided them through the museum's galleries and facilitated large studio projects. During their two days, students used limited, non-traditional materials to design and create dynamic and contemporary mixed-media projects, now on display at the museum.
Founded at the Worcester Art Museum, Art All State encourages artistically talented high school juniors to continue on in art beyond high school, supporting and fostering the next generation of emerging young artists.