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  • Art All-State Seeks Professional Artists for Weekend Event

    Application Deadline: Oct. 31, 2002

    (WORCESTER, MA, September 23, 2002) - Sixteen professional artists are needed as artists/mentors for the 16th Annual Massachusetts Art All-State, an intensive two-day artist-in-residence experience for high school juniors, to be held May 30-31, 2003 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 begin a dialogue with students in the Worcester Art Museum's galleries. In the studios, students' work focuses on contemporary art forms, the creative process and teamwork. The weekend also includes artist talks and demonstrations.

    “After Art All-State, I am so proud to be an artist working in Massachusetts,” said Jarrett Krosoczka, a children's book illustrator and author who served as an artist/mentor in 2001 and 2002. "There is a great sense of pride at Art All-State."

    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 professional 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, 2002 to: Marcia Lagerwey, 2003 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 collaboration of the Worcester Art Museum, the Massachusetts Directors of Art Education, and the Massachusetts Art Education Association.

    Museum Background

    A cultural jewel of New England, the Worcester Art Museum first opened to the public in 1898. 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. Its extensive four-season studio arts program enrolls 6,000 adult and youth students each year. Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (sponsored by Commerce Bank), and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and full-time college students with current ID, and FREE for Members and all youth 17 and under. Admission is also FREE for everyone on Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon (sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company). The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9. Expanded parking is available near entrances on Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman streets. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.

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