Visions ’20 online exhibition celebrates student artists
The Center Space gallery might be closed for now, but we just couldn’t wait to show you everything our Visions teens have been working so hard on during quarantine! Visions ’20, an exhibition of teen artwork typically held in the spring, is now available for the global public to enjoy in a closer, and more intimate, digital format.
For 21 years, Visions has invited 42 Valley high school students to SMoCA to interact with and be inspired by contemporary art, artists, and exhibitions. These highly talented students specialize in painting/drawing, photography, and sculpture and work diligently to create an artwork for this culminating exhibition reflecting everything they learned during their time in Visions.
“Visions students have always been well beyond their years in artistic talent, and this year especially challenged their perseverance, given the ever-changing learning environments amidst the pandemic,” says Brittany Arnold, teen and family coordinator and curator of the exhibition. “It was socially, emotionally, and mentally taxing on these young adults, yet they pushed through the spring with unrelenting resilience and determination in order to create their highest quality of work. I’m delighted patrons around the world will be able to see these students’ efforts in our first online exhibition. This was a trying year to say the least, but I am proud and honored to have worked with these incredibly bright and talented young artists.”
Many students were inspired by artists they worked with, such as Antoinette Cauley‘s portraits, Saskia Jorda’s use of fiber to extend a piece beyond its usual confinements, or salt printing techniques taught by faculty at the University of Arizona School of Art. Can you see their influence in these budding artists’ work?
Visions ‘20 will be on view in the Center Space gallery at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, pending building opening. See website for regular hours.