First Meeting at Julia’s Gallery
On May 2 at the Farnsworth
(Rockland, ME) Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists at the Farnsworth Art Museum is delighted to announce the re-opening of the teen arts gallery this spring. The first planning meeting for students ages 16-17 years is Saturday, May 2 from 1-4 p.m. and work sessions will continue on Saturday afternoons through June, as well as Thursday afternoons from 3-5 p.m. Julia’s Gallery is located at the corner of Union and Elm Streets in Rockland.
This spring, the gallery team will work under the mentorship of Julia’s Advisor Rachel Nixon, as well as museum staff, local galleries and young artists. The teens will prepare for the summer exhibition which will showcase work by students creating art with artist-in-residence Tom Weis in the 10-week class titled, “You Know What I Saying? An Exploration of Personal and Community Identity as a teen living in Maine.” Working in a supportive and self-directed environment, students in the gallery operations program will have an opportunity to tour the museum, matte and frame art work, create and distribute marketing materials for the summer show and ready the gallery space for installation. The opening reception for the summer show is scheduled for Saturday, June 20 from 5-7 p.m.
Nixon, the Julia’s teen advisor, holds a BA in Art History from Mount Holyoke College, a Master of Education from Lesley University and has completed two years of coursework towards a BFA at the Maine College of Art. She works in the education department at the museum, as well as teaching studio art classes and yoga in the community. Thinking ahead to the spring program, Nixon states, “Julia’s Gallery is a space dedicated to young artists – a center for creativity, learning, fun and tangible results. Julia’s has graduated exceptional leaders in the arts in previous years and we are looking forward to another great year!”
Founded in 2001, Julia's Gallery is an award-winning teen arts program at the Farnsworth. Over the years, Julia’s Gallery has provided students with the opportunity to contribute to their community by creating art for display and sale under the tutelage of mentor artists, as well as showcasing the artwork of their peers. More than 50 teens have curated 14 exhibitions of teen art, displaying 750 works from more than 300 teen artists from around the state. In 2007-2008, the Building Bridges program brought Julia’s Gallery to students on five year-round islands. The program has received several awards and honors: Maine College of Arts’ Award-Leadership in Arts Education (2004); commission for Rockland Post Office mural (2006); National Endowment for the Arts-Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth grant (2007).
The application deadline for the gallery operations program is April 29; however students are invited to submit applications throughout the spring and will be considered as space allows. The program is free, but class size is limited to 12 students, ages 16-17 years old. Students 18 years old, but entering their senior year next year, are also invited to apply. For more information and an application, please call Rachel Nixon at 207-596-0949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. Teens are also welcome to drop-in at a Saturday meeting to learn more about the program and sign up.