School Art

School Art: Celebrating 40 Years

March 30 to June 3, 2012
Public Reception: Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m.
Student Artist Talks with participating artists in School Art: Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m.

The Mendel Art Gallery is extremely pleased to present its 40th School Art exhibition! Celebrating the excellence of artmaking and creativity among the city’s young people, the ever-popular annual 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 Saskatoon’s elementary and secondary 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.

The work is selected by a jury composed of representatives from Saskatoon Public Schools, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, and the Gallery. This jury chooses at least two works from each school. Three works are selected from schools with more than 350 students. In addition, a limited number of works are included on a merit basis.

Many thanks to Suzy Schwanke, of Marion M. Graham Collegiate, and Monique Martin, of Georges Vanier School, who selected the artworks along with Laura Kinzel of the Mendel Art Gallery. Also appreciated is the ongoing support of George Charpentier of Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and Jody Hobday-Kusch of Saskatoon Public Schools. Special thanks also to Jessica Shirley, Grade 12 student at Bishop James Mahoney High School, whose mixed-media drawing, BIG MEL, was reproduced on the exhibition poster. Works by Joe Yausie (Grade 4, Prince Philip School), Ryan Johnson (Grade 5, Georges Vanier School), and Ian Adams (Grade 8, École Cardinal Leger School) were reproduced on handbills. The Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of PotashCorp, for sponsoring this exhibition and other school programming.

School Art is organized by Laura Kinzel, Public Programs Coordinator at the Mendel Art Gallery.

Keep an eye out for this artwork displayed on our School Art Billboard, located on 1133-Idlwyld & 25 Street F/N.
Magdalena Metcalfe Grade: 3 Home Based Education – SPS The Dragon’s Flight oil pastel resist.