Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum 2011

April 9, 2011 - May 1, 2011

This juried exhibition features work by art students in grades 9 through 12 from public and private schools throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Developed by museum educators, who work in partnership with art instructors from participating schools, this is the only juried exhibition on Long Island that offers high school students the opportunity to show their artwork in a museum. This comprehensive arts-in-education program integrates experiences in The Heckscher Museum and the art classroom, culminating with the presentation of students’ original works juried by a museum professional. Through close observation, discussion and hands-on activities, students learn to make connections between artwork on view in the Museum and their own creative experiences. Visual Thinking Strategies are utilized to develop students’ visual literacy and written and oral communication skills, while encouraging them to explore their own artistic voices. Students select at least one work of art on view to”inspire” an original work of art that is in turn submitted for jurying.


Celebrating 15 Years
Long Island’s Best has been a defining experience with lasting impact for its many young exhibiting artists. Over the past fifteen years, this program has grown to become a prestigious opportunity for high school art students. The installation Celebrating 15 Years reflects back on this history, featuring award-winning works of art from past Long Island’s Best exhibitions. Each work of art in this installation is accompanied by an artist statement describing the work of art, his or her experience with Long Island’s Best, and accomplishments in years since.These first-hand accounts demonstrate the invaluable role Long Island’s Best had played, and continues to play, in young peoples’ lives.



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