Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, February 9

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 25, 2 – 4pm
High School Awards Ceremony: Sunday February 9, 2pm

Photo Credit: Amagansett School. Grades K & 1

Guild Hall’s Student Art Festival: Made by Water will be on view from January 18 – February 9, with an opening reception for all, celebrating the students, teachers, and families involved, on Sunday, January 25 from 2- 4pm.
Entering its 28 year, the Guild Hall Student Art Festival (SAF) is a beloved tradition that encourages and celebrates the artistic achievement and imagination of students, Kindergarten to Grade 12, on the South Fork of Long Island. Showcasing student art from Bridgehampton to Montauk, this month-long festival begins with a free public opening of the exhibition (with student performances, gallery tours, and workshops), and concludes at month’s end with an awards ceremony for high school students.

New to the festival this year is the introduction of a theme, Made by Water.

Over the past few years, Guild Hall has been continuously developing our Student Art Festival, combining primary and secondary students’ artwork into a collective show, giving awards to high school artists, and welcoming school visits for gallery tours. As we enter the 28th year of the SAF, we continue to enhance the festival through giving a collective theme to the exhibit.

In envisioning an inaugural theme, we instantly thought of the one thing all of us on the East End share; our love for and dependency on water. Through the theme Made by Water, we have invited participating schools to question, discuss, and creatively respond to our experiences with our oceans, waterways, and natural landscapes, resulting in an exhibition of diverse yet connected perspectives.

 — Anthony Madonna, The Patti Kenner Fellow in Arts Education; Guild Hall of East Hampton

Not only have visual arts students and teachers responded to this theme, but student performing arts ensembles and filmmakers have also embraced the concept. The Opening Reception on Saturday, January 25 will feature film screenings, readings, and both repertoire and original performances from Hayground filmmakers, East Hampton Filmmakers, the East Hampton Dance Team, Amagansett School Chorus, Springs School music students, Montauk School Chorus & Band, and Home School students.

In collectively exploring this theme, Made by Water, Guild Hall is offering both a platform for diverse creative perspectives, and an opportunity to collaboratively develop ideas and projects with local schools and teachers.

Students on the East End of Long Island are so fortunate to have robust arts education programs in their schools and in their local arts institutions. I look forward to the magnificent display of this programming every year in our Student Art Festival. The creativity of the students, guided by the amazing curriculum from their instructors, always results in an inspirational exhibition that invigorates our galleries. With this year’s new theme, Made by Water, I am more excited than ever to see what’s to come!

— Casey Dalene, Curatorial Assistant, Registrar and Lewis B. Cullman Associate for Museum Education


In addition to the artwork on view and performances in our John Drew Theater, the opening reception will feature an art workshop, led by artist and educator Kym Fulmer, as well as light bites and treats – all offered FREE OF CHARGE.


Hosted by Guild Hall’s Teen Arts Council, the festival concludes with an awards ceremony to celebrate and recognize the creative achievement of select High School Artists on Sunday, February 9 at 2pm. This year’s awards are determined and given by Guest Artist and Juror, Virva Hinnemo. Hinnemo is a professional artist and educator who is extremely active within the community. All awardees will receive a certificate of excellence, and the opportunity to speak with Hinnemo at the post-ceremony reception. 

Lead Sponsor: BNB Bank
All Museum Programming supported in part by The Melville Straus Family Endowment, The Michael Lynne Museum Endowment, Vital Projects Fund, Hess Philanthropic Fund, Crozier Fine Arts, The Lorenzo and Mary Woodhouse Trust, and public funds provided by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and Suffolk County.

Free admission is generously funded by BNB Bank and Landscape Details.

All Education Programming supported by The Patti Kenner Arts Education Fellowship, with additional funding by an anonymous donor, Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Endowment Fund, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment.

Guild Hall, East Hampton

Guild Hall, one of the first multidisciplinary centers in the country to combine a museum, theater, and education space under one roof, was established in 1931 as a gathering place for community where an appreciation for the arts would serve to encourage greater civic participation. For nearly nine decades, Guild Hall has embraced this open-minded vision and provided a welcoming environment for the public to engage with art exhibitions, performances, and educational offerings. Art and artists have long been the engine of Guild Hall’s activities and the institution continues to find innovative ways to support creativity in everyone. 


Guild Hall 

158 Main Street, East Hampton, N.Y.
Phone: (631) 324-0806
Box Office: (631) 324-4050



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