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Monday, February 28, 2011

Celebrating Youth Art Month!

Endorsed by the National Art Education Association, Youth Art Month (YAM) is a national annual observance - each March, to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs. To recognize Youth Art Month, the Center for Contemporary Art @ Bedminster (CCA) partners with the Art Educators of New Jersey to host a two-part exhibit of Somerset County student work on both floors of the Johnson Gallery.

The Somerset County Youth Art Month Exhibit is held at the
Center for Contemporary Art @ Bedminster Part I of this exhibit will run from March 1 - 13, 2011 and it highlights the talents of children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Part II, March 18 - April 3, 2011 highlights work created in 6th through 12th grade. Mount Prospect will have 12 pieces on display for Part I of this exhibit, 2 pieces from each grade K - 5.

Above you can enjoy a video of the artwork to be exhibited at the Somerset County Youth Art Month Exhibit!

This exhibit has been hosted by CCA for the past 11 years and a BIG thank you goes out to the Center for Contemporary Art and all the volunteers who helped hang this exhibit.

All the work can be viewed at our Artsonia On-line Gallery @

Saturday, February 19, 2011

All Kids Can Create - Michael is a NJ Finalist!

Michael's Carousel Horse - 4th grade

Congratulations goes out to Michael in 4th grade, his artwork, shown above, was selected as one of the 2 New Jersey finalists in the VSA - All Kids Can...CREATE Exhibition!  Michael's artwork was sent to Washington, DC for the final judging.  We are sending lots of positive energy down to Washington, DC for the judging in the next few weeks!  This alone is a HUGE accomplishment, Michael is one of just 100 students to have work selected.  Check back to find out if we have more exciting news to share!

Great Work Michael, I am so proud of you! ~ Mrs. Bivona

Celebrating Art!

Meredith - 3rd grade

This Fall we participated in a new contest called Celebrating Art.  Artwork was submitted digitally and artwork selected as finalists will be published in a hardcover book.  We submitted 122 pieces of artwork and had 53 pieces selected as finalist - YAHOO!!! 
Friday (2/18/2011) they announced the TOP TEN, this work was selected out of all the submissions as the top pieces - we had two pieces selected for the TOP TEN.  One in the K - 3 CategoryMeredith (3rd grade) and one in the 4 - 6 CategoryAndrea (5th grade). These students will have their work specially featured in the book and receive an additional prize!!! 
Congratulations to all 53 Mount Prospect students that will have their artwork included in the Celebrating Art book and 3 cheers for Meredith & Andrea for making the TOP TEN!  Keep up the GREAT work!  There will be another contest this Spring so decide which piece you will enter!  Permission forms will be going out in March!

Andrea - 5th grade

Winter Art Exhibit at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Vivian - 5th grade

Prakrit - 2nd grade

Claire - 1st grade
One of my goals, each year, is to display as much artwork as possible outside of our school. This month and throughout the winter, 3 pieces of artwork will be on display in the lobby of the Victoria Theater at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ. This is a juried exhibit sponsored by the Art Educators of New Jersey, 30 pieces will be exhibited in all. All the artwork is framed under glass and lit in true gallery style.  The Artist's Reception was Sunday, February 14, 2011.

Congratulations to Vivian (5th grade) & Prakrit (2nd grade) and Claire (1st grade)! If you are going to NJPAC this winter please make sure to stop by and enjoy the exhibit! All the artwork from this exhibit can been viewed in the AENJ Artsonia Gallery.


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