MARCH 7–APRIL19, 2020


Art by students from 40 schools & work created with

Artists-in-Residence Irina Alimanestianu, Scott Bluedorn, Bastienne Schmidt

Opening of the 2019 Student Exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum. Photo: Tom Kochie

From March 7 through April 19, the work of more than 1,000 young artists from Eastern Long Island schools will be on view in the Parrish Art Museum’s annual Student Exhibition. A nearly 65-year tradition celebrating youthful imagination and boundless creativity, this important aspect of the Museum’s programs was enhanced this year by Artist-in-Residence workshops with three participating artists in the Museum’s exhibitionArtists Choose Artists: Irina Alimanestianu, Scott Bluedorn, and Bastienne Schmidt. The exhibition opens with two receptions on March 7 that are free and open to the public. The Young Artists Reception (Pre-K through grade 8) is scheduled from 1–3 pm; High School Artists Reception is from 3–5 pm. Both are free and open to the public.

“The Parrish looks forward to the enthusiasm for art making and the creativity expressed in the Student Exhibition every year. That energy is amplified this year by the Museum’s sixth Artist-in-Residence with three artists selected for Artists Choose Artists,” said Parrish Director Terrie Sultan. “These hands-on workshops with practicing artists provide inspiring opportunities for hundreds of students.”

Participants in the Student Exhibition explore many traditional and non-traditional approaches to art-making. Working with their art teachers and through art clubs in schools from Bellport to East Hampton and the North Fork, the students demonstrate imagination, enthusiasm, and technical skill in diverse media such as painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and costume design. Taken together, the exhibition gives an overview of the high level of creativity and accomplishment achieved in the schools. 

“Each year, the Student Exhibition showcases the work of our community’s young artists and art educators,” said Parrish Education Director Cara Conklin-Wingfield. “The visual arts are a means of personal expression and communication for all ages—we hope the exhibition inspires all our visitors to make art and helps our student artists form a lifelong appreciation for art.”

Elementary and middle schools enter group projects; high school artists are represented by individual works and collaborative projects. Artist Neill Slaughter, a professor of Visual Art at Long Island University, will present awards to recognize select high school seniors for their exceptional talent and skill, in categories ranging from painting to mixed media. “Ones to Watch” honors are given to underclassmen.

In addition to the nearly 300 group and individual works created by students under the direction of their art teachers in 37 public, private, and home schools, the exhibition features group works by over 300 students from Southampton and Hampton Bays Life Skills, and Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Southampton, and Tuckahoe Schools who participated in the residency and created work

All work created in the Museum at the residencies will be on view. Irina Alimanestianu discussed her use of spontaneity and material exploration in her art making process. Students collaborated on an abstract mural using different styles of mark making and experimenting with the application of paint, marker, crayon, and colored pencil. Scott Bluedorn, who addresses the importance of environmental activism, preservation, and sustainability practices in response to climate change, prompted classes to envision a future world and design innovative, eco-friendly environments and architecture. Bastienne Schmidt discussed color scheme and collage and led students to create their own organic and geometric shapes from collage papers that came together in a collective mural.


Participating schools in the 2020 Student Exhibition include:

High Schools: Bellport, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Eastport South Manor, Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, Hampton Bays, Mattituck High School, Miller Place, Pierson, Riverhead, The Ross School, Shelter Island, Shoreham-Wading River, Southampton, Westhampton Beach, William Floyd

Elementary, Middle, and Home Schools: Bridgehampton School, Camp Flying Point Foundation, The Child’s Garden Play School, The Children’s School, Cutchoque East Elementary School, Dayton Avenue School, Eastport South Manor Junior Senior High School, East Hampton Middle School,           East Quogue School, Greenport Elementary, Hayground School, Hampton Bays Middle School, On the Bay Waldorf Homeschool, John M. Marshall Elementary School, Oysterponds Elementary School, Peconic Community School, Raynor Country Day School, The Ross School, Sag Harbor Elementary, Shelter Island School, Shelter Island Early Learning Center, Southampton Elementary School, Southampton Intermediate, Southampton Montessori School



Saturday, March 7 – Sunday, April 19, 2020


Saturday, March 7

Free events with refreshments 

1–3 pm Young Artists Reception (Pre-K through grade 8)
3–5 pm High School Artists Reception

The Parrish Art Museum’s educational programming is supported, in part, by Milford D. and Janice B. Gerton; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation; Joseph M. Cohen; Long Island Community Foundation; The John J. McDonnell Margaret T. O’Brien Foundation; Bobbie Braun/The Neuwirth Foundation; The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Patricia and David Rung; William Talbott Hillman Foundation; and Town of Southampton. Special thanks to the Art Spirit Foundation. Additional support for the Parrish education programs is provided by the Museum’s annual Spring Fling and Midsummer Party benefit events, and the Book Club Friends of Martha Scriven Campanella.


Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


Parrish Art Museum construction photographs © Jeff Heatley.


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