Young Artists 2024 at the Katonah Museum of Art

Young Artists 2024 at the Katonah Museum of Art

For the past 41 years, The Katonah Museum of Art has been showcasing the artistic works of talented Westchester high school seniors via The Young Artists program.

This local museum features a diverse range of exhibitions and programs, as well as hosts a range of programs for the community such as family days, community Fridays, stroller tours, artful families, and senior socials.

Young Artists 2024 at KMA. Pictures by Margaret Fox.
Young Artists 2024 at KMA. Pictures by Margaret Fox.

Running from February 11th-March 3rd, the annual Young Artists 2024 exhibition provides aspiring artists a unique opportunity to participate in many aspects of creating their own exhibition. With the guidance of teachers and professionals, young artists learn how to organize, publicize, curate, and install the exhibition.

With the goal of providing hands-on, learning experiences, this initiative offers student participation throughout the entire process. Students took on roles of artist, graphic designer, curator, exhibition designer, and installer. Incredibly, they worked collaboratively with the KMA’s staff to mount this impressive exhibition.

Young Artists 2024 at KMA. Pictures by Margaret Fox.

This includes pieces from more than 350 senior student artworks. Incredibly, this represents 40 high schools in Dutchess, Fairfield, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties. The artistic pieces range in scale, concept, media and process, reflecting the diversity of expression in the emerging artists.

Young Artists 2024 at KMA. Pictures by Margaret Fox.

Thus, the exhibition is a tribute to the talents of the young artists, the dedication of their teachers, and the support of their families. Young Artists illustrates the KMA’s steadfast commitment to providing dynamic museum education opportunities to our communities and fostering the next generation of creative thinkers and artists.

Postcard Design

Additionally, as a part of the Young Artists 2024 program, high school students designed a postcard invitation. Art educators Heather Kranz, Lauren LaMance, and Lindsay Lappin-Burke of the Bedford Central Schools led a two-part graphic design workshop to regional high schools.

During the first session, students viewed examples of successful graphic design. Thus, this allowed them to better understand the design process, as well as how to create. During the second workshop, students completed designs for the Young Artist 2024 postcard project.

Winning postcard from Cassia Binder of White Plains High School.
Winning postcard from Cassia Binder of White Plains High School.

The postcard design was then picked via a vote. This included insight from Katonah Museum of Art Trustees, Emeriti, staff, and volunteers. Finally, this year’s winning design was created by Cassia Binder of White Plains High School.

Young Artists 2024 Details

Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY 10536

Hours of the Katonah Muesum of Art are Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday from 12:00pm- 5:00pm. Additionally, the museum is closed on Monday. Finally, admission to Young Artists 2024 is pay as you wish.

Katonah Museum of Art Programming

In addition to the Young Artists 2024 exhibit, families can enjoy the upcoming Stellar Reverberations: African Masks in Outer Space. Incredibly, this exhibit features a Afrofuturist lens to create a discussion around African heritage and the wonder of outer space. Created by artist Damien Davis who was inspired by Mae Jemison, a NASA astronaut, who became the first African American woman to visit outer space in 1992. Here, visitors can see Damien’s imaginary intergalactic environment. This exhibit runs from March 17th-June 30th.

This includes symbolic African masks and an interaction element. Incredibly, kids can play with parts of the kinetic installation. This includes turning, twisting, and rearranging  moving parts. Thus, representing cultural artifacts floating in zero gravity. Educators are invited to a preview on March 26th where they will also lead a kinetic sculpture workshop.

Additionally, There Is A Body: Legacy of the Ancestral Arts in the 21st Century also be running. Incredibly, the exhibit features four contemporary artists—David O. Alekhuogie, Sanford Biggers, Lyle Ashton Harris, and Matthew Angelo Harrison. Here, you will find African art and  appropriation from the West. This exhibit runs from March 17th-June 30th.