School Art

April 11 to June 8, 2014
Public Reception: Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m.
Event for Teachers: Thursday, May 1, 4:15 to 5:45 p.m.
Student Artist Talks: Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m. with participating artists.

The Mendel Art Gallery is pleased to present School Art, the highly popular exhibition offered annually for 42 years. Celebrating the excellence of artmaking and creativity among Saskatoon’s young people, the exhibition delights audiences and demonstrates that art is for people of all ages and walks of life. School Art showcases paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and other works of art by more than 200 students in the city’s schools. The gallery is proud to work closely with Saskatoon’s educators and to continue its commitment to art at the primary and secondary levels.

This year, the gallery suggested the theme of “place” to complement a major exhibition of the work of David Thauberger. Jurors gave extra consideration to works addressing where we live and journey, how we situate ourselves between here and there, the significance of time, our positions within local and global communities, and who we become. The jury, composed of representatives from Saskatoon Public Schools, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, and the gallery, chose at least two works from each school. Three works were selected from schools with more than 350 students, and a few additional works were included on a merit basis.

Sincere thanks to Jenine Yuzik of St. Philip School and Alison Montgomery of Tommy Douglas Collegiate, who selected the artworks with Laura Kinzel from the Mendel Art Gallery. Also appreciated is the support of Rob Revering and Monique Martin of Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, and Karon Guttormson of Saskatoon Public Schools. Special thanks to Olga Morozova, Grade 12 student at Holy Cross High School, whose work was reproduced on the exhibition poster, and to Jaxson Penno, Grade 4 student at Holliston School, whose work was reproduced on the exhibition invitation and billboard. The Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of PotashCorp, sponsor of this exhibition and other school programming.

School Art is organized by Laura Kinzel,
Public Programs Coordinator