The Rhapsody, by Alisha Keshavjee, silver gelatin print
The fourth floor Tower Gallery of the Dallas Museum of Art is currently showcasing the Young Masters’ Juried Exhibition, 37 works by Dallas-area high school students, everything from digital photographs to paper cut-outs, plaster sculptures, traditional oil paintings and headdresses made of wire. For example, “The Rhapsody,” above, is a fascinating, modernist abstraction that’s actually the interior of a cruise ship.
I stopped by last night to look — it’s a lot of talent in a little space. But then, I’m a little prejudiced (see the jump). The works were chosen from more than 250 submissions from teachers in 27 local schools. The program was created in 1994 by the O’Donnell Foundation to motivate students in Advanced Placement art courses. As one might expect, the Arts Magnet — Booker T. Washington High School — is well-represented, but so are Colleyville Heritage, Centennial, Creekview, Newman Smith and Episcopal.
The complete gallery of artworks can be seen here. The exhibition runs through May 4. Nine winners will be chosen in early April by Richard Brettell, former director of the DMA and an authority on French and impressionist painting.
Caution: Shameless parental pride on the jump.
If you follow that link to the gallery of work by the Young Masters, you’ll see the signature image. It’s a self-portrait by my daughter, Suzanna.
Otto Dix, I Want to Paint Like You, by Suzanna Weeks, acrylic paint