WORCESTER, MASS., February 20, 1999 - In recognition of national Youth Art Month, the Worcester Art Museum will host an exhibition of more than 200 works created by Central Massachusetts public school students in kindergarten through grade 12, from March 1-31. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Art Education Association, the exhibition recognizes the accomplishments of local young artists and encourages public support for quality school art programs. The exhibition will be on display in the Higgins Education Wing Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.
A public reception on Sunday, March 8, from 1-4pm will honor the young artists and their teachers. Special guests include James A. Welu, director, Worcester Art Museum; Nancy Pipito, vice president, Massachusetts Art Education Association; Wyatt Wade, publisher of David Publications in Worcester; and Stephen Hersh, creator of the BLISS comic strip. Enter-tainment will feature the Madrigal Singers of Westboro High School under the direction of William Papazzis, arts director. The reception is free to the public with Museum admission.
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.