Visions is a teen program in which students and teachers from five Valley high schools meet monthly at SMoCA for artist-led workshops, studio visits, and gallery discussions.
Jul 17 - Oct 18, 2020
During unprecedented times, it is important for us to turn to our youth and see the world through their artistic lens. Visions is a multi-visit, invitational visual arts program that has been provided to area teens for 21 years. This past year, students from five high schools across the metro Phoenix area attended monthly workshops conducted by professional artists, visited the School of Art at the University of Arizona and the art department at Phoenix College, and explored Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). In addition to the monthly program, a three-day retreat offers students and their teachers the opportunity to participate in artist-led workshops and team-building exercises amidst the beautiful scenery of Prescott. Through the appreciation and creation of art, Visions aims to cultivate the development of teen social and mental well-being while enhancing social connections, opening dialogue, and promoting tolerance and confidence.
The exhibition Visions ’20 showcases skills and inspiration exchanged between the students and artists over the course of the 2019–20 program. Artists lectured on their professional backgrounds and successes or barriers, while also teaching new art-making techniques and themes. Both the SMoCA exhibitions and artist-led workshops inspired the students to choose one or two artists who were of interest to them. Especially during a time of social unrest, Visions students used their newly discovered artists and media to express their emotional well-being through their work.
Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation would like to thank the following 23 artists for their inspiring participation in the 2019–20 Visions program: Nader Abushhab, Sama Alshaibi, Tiffany Bailey, Kristin Bauer, Kevin Berry, Carlton Bradford, Antoinette Cauley, Gina DeGideo, Bandhu Scott Dunham, Jay Hardin, Saskia Jorda, Jane Kelsey-Mapel, Mark Klett, Jennifer Laffoon, Carolyn Lavender, Annie Lopez, Alejandro Macias, Abbey Messmer, Ellen Murray-Meissinger, Johnathan Nofs, Eric Norman, Emily Ritter, and Aaron Rothman.
Thank you is also in order to participating teachers and schools: Paul Golfen, Desert Mountain High School (photography); Kyllan Maney, New School for the Arts & Academics (painting); Michelle Peacock, Saguaro High School (painting); Linda Parker, New School for the Arts & Academics (sculpture); Amy Voza Quist, Pinnacle High School (sculpture); Vivian Spiegelman, South Mountain High School (photography); and Christy Weiser, New School for the Arts & Academics (sculpture).
Organized by Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation
Experience the Exhibition
Click on the images in the virtual exhibition below to view larger versions of each artwork. The first seven artworks can be experienced as videos with audio tracks provided by the artists. Push the play button to listen to the audio, but if you want to move on to the next artwork without finishing the full video, please pause the video so the sound does not carry over to the following video.
Maiden Voyage, 2020
Yari Dvir, Maiden Voyage, 2020, Oil on canvas
Sound pieces: "Prologue," 2020; "Early Summer," 2020; "Nuance of a Thunderstorm," 2020; "Maiden Voyage," 1965 (written by Herbie Hancock)
Read the label.
Center Space is a newly imagined community space for visitors to learn about the arts by doing. Each fall and spring exhibition will feature hands-on activities or interactive displays. We hope you will visit and spend time finding the artist in you! Center Space is located in Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East Second Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. It is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and during evening performances.