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Visions ’20

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

Exhibition Details

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 Collegeand 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 201920 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 AbushhabSama AlshaibiTiffany BaileyKristin BauerKevin BerryCarlton Bradford, Antoinette Cauley, Gina DeGideoBandhu Scott Dunham, Jay HardinSaskia JordaJane Kelsey-MapelMark KlettJennifer LaffoonCarolyn LavenderAnnie LopezAlejandro Macias, Abbey Messmer, Ellen Murray-MeissingerJohnathan 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.



Center Space

Center Space is a community space designed for visitors to learn about the arts. Each fall and spring exhibition will feature activities for you to explore your creativity. We hope you will visit and spend time finding the artist in you!

Center Space is located inside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East Second Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. It is open to the public Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.; and during evening performances.


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