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Young Masters at the DMA


by Jerome Weeks 14 Mar 2008

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 […]

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The Rhapsody (Alisha Keshavjee)

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

Otto Dix, I Want to Paint Like You, by Suzanna Weeks, acrylic paint

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  • Thanks much. Again, I’m obviously biased, but I thought it was a shrewd choice to put it out front on the website. You see that classic-inspired portrait with the title “Young Masters” over it, and you can’t help but agree. The fact that Suz did it with acrylic, not oils, and on cardboard no less only adds to my amazement. She just turned 17 when she painted it.