Art All-State Seeks Professional Artists for Weekend Event

WORCESTER, MASS., October 4, 2001 - Sixteen professional artists are needed as artists/mentors for the 15th Annual Massachusetts Art All-State, an intensive two-day artist-in-residence experience for high school juniors, to be held May 24-25, 2002 at the Worcester Art Museum.

Artists work in pairs to lead small groups of teens in collaborative art-making projects. Taking advantage of their surroundings, artists will begin a dialogue with students in the Worcester Art Museum's galleries. In the studios, students' work will focus on contemporary art forms, the creative process and teamwork. The weekend also includes artist talks and demonstrations.

Professionals from all artistic disciplines are invited to apply for these competitive positions. Candidates should possess teaching experience with adolescents, strong communication skills, and a willingness to share their career and educational experiences. Participating artists receive an honorarium, overnight dormitory accommodations and meals during the two-day program. Those wishing to apply should send slides and a resume detailing teaching experience by Oct. 31, 2001 to: Marcia Lagerwey, 2002 Art All-State, Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609. Interviews for first-time applicants will be held in December.

Art All-State, designed to encourage students to explore art forms and ideas beyond high school, is a collaboration between the Worcester Art Museum, the Massachusetts Directors of Art Education, and the Massachusetts Art Education Association.

Museum Background

Opened to the public in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Throughout its first century, the Worcester Art Museum proved itself a pioneer: the first American museum to purchase work by Claude Monet (1910) and Paul Gauguin (1921); the first museum to bring a medieval building to America (1927); a sponsor of the first major excavation at Antioch, one of the four great cities of ancient Rome (1932); the first museum to create an Art All-State program for high school artists (1987); the originator of the first exhibition of Dutch master Judith Leyster (1993); and the first museum to focus its contemporary art programs on art of the last 10 years (1998). The Museum's hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission: FREE for members; Non-members: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors and full-time college students with current ID; FREE for youth 17 and under; FREE for everyone Saturday mornings 10am-noon sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit the Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.