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New Teen Programs at the Montclair Art Museum in March



Teen Space Open Studio: March for Our Lives March 22


Teen Artist Talk & Workshop with Dan Fenelon March 29


MONTCLAIR, NJ, March 6, 2018—The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) has spotlighted and expanded its teen programs this year. In March, two programs will engage teens in new ways: a special Teen Space Open Studio will explore artmaking for protest and change and the Teen Artist Talk & Workshop will offer the opportunity to make art directly with artist Dan Fenelon.


This fall, MAM initiated Teen Space, a drop-in open studio for teens on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Teens are invited to work on individual projects (from school, MAM, or independent work) in a professional studio space among peers. On March 22, this program will have a special focus on March for Our Lives. Inspired by the students around the country who are speaking out and changing the world, this open studio will focus on making posters, T-shirts, buttons, and protest art just in time for the March for Our Lives on March 24.


The Museum previously held an Annual High School Lecture, inviting prominent artists to share their insight with teens contemplating creative careers. This year, the lecture has been revamped into a dynamic Teen Artist Talk & Workshop on March 29. Teens will have the opportunity to get creative in an interactive workshop with MAM Art Truck Resident Artist Dan Fenelon and discover opportunities for working in the arts. Fenelon’s signature “urban tribal” style is instantly recognizable on murals at the Montclair Library, Luna Stage in West Orange, and other public spaces throughout the country. Don’t miss this chance to meet the artist!


MAM has also served as the sole NJ affiliate partner of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for ten years. The Awards are the country’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. Through MAM, hundreds of creative teens annually have received regional honors and proceeded to the national competition for further adjudication and scholarship opportunities. The Museum is now displaying an exhibition of works by the 2018 Regional Gold Key Winners in the Vance Wall Art Education Center through March 26, 2018.


Additional teen programs include:

  • Bridges, a free intergenerational art program that brings together people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and middle school students
  • Teen Internships, a year-long paid opportunity in art education
  • Pictures Concert, which explores the intersection of music and visual art through student compositions (June 7, during Free First Thursday Night, 7 p.m.)
  • Portfolio Day, which invites college admission officers to review student portfolios each fall

Teen art classes are also offered every semester in the Yard School of Art at the Montclair Art Museum, including a new Teen Workshops series launching this spring. Registration for spring and summer art classes is now open for members and opens March 12 for nonmembers.




Teen Space Open Studio: March for Our Lives


Thursday, March 22

7–9 p.m.

FREE; RSVP teens@montclairartmuseum.org


Montclair Art Museum is inspired by students around the country who are speaking out and changing the world! Are you are a teen planning to attend the March for Our Lives on March 24? Join us on Thursday, March 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Teen Space Open Studio to make posters, T-shirts, buttons, and protest art. BYO T-shirts, all other materials provided.


NEW! Teen Artist Talk & Workshop: Dan Fenelon


Thursday, March 29

4–6 p.m.

$15/teen; teachers are FREE with school groups; Register


Meet the artist! Bring your friends to the MAM to hear from a professional artist, ask your burning questions about working in the arts, and get creative in an interactive workshop! This year, MAM is launching a new Teen Artist Talk & Workshop series. Dan Fenelon, whose signature “urban tribal” style is instantly recognizable on murals at the Montclair Library, Luna Stage in West Orange, and other public spaces throughout the country, trained at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Dan works in a range of media—acrylic on canvas, 3D printed figurines, and larger-than-life sculptures. He teaches students of all ages at schools across the country, including locally with MAM’s Art Truck and mobile studio. Dan will lead an interactive mask-making workshop following the artist talk. All art supplies—and snacks—will be provided.



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38 Northern New Jersey Student Artists Win National Recognition in the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards




The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Honor the
Nation’s Most Talented Teen Artists


MONTCLAIR, NJ, April 16, 2015— The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers today announced the national winners of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teenagers. The Northern New Jersey region had 38 students awarded national medals from a panel of distinguished judges. The students all submitted their work to the competition through the Montclair Art Museum. The Montclair Art Museum is the sole affiliate sponsor of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in New Jersey, the seventh year MAM has served in this capacity.


This program year, more than 300,000 works of art and writing were submitted to more than 100 affiliates of the Alliance for regional adjudication. From the outstanding pool of regional Gold Key recipients, an impressive panel of creative-industry experts chose more than 1,900 of the most talented students—representing 47 U.S. states as well as students in Washington, D.C. and American schools abroad—to receive national medals. This year’s list of distinguished jurors included artist Andres Serrano, Warhol Museum Director Eric Shiner, artist Wangechi Mutu and comic artist Dash Shaw. Works were judged on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal vision or voice. Teachers of national winners were also recognized with awards.


This year’s 38 recipients from the Northern New Jersey District received a total of 41 awards in visual arts on the national level. Portfolio Awards are a selection of up to eight works by seniors that are judged as a unit; other awards are issued by individual artwork and students can earn more than one award. The recipients are:



Portfolio Silver Award (1)


Olivia Yi*, Englewood Cliffs, 12, WOW Art Studio


Gold Medal (11)

Shayla Burroughs, Bayonne, 12, Bayonne High School

Justin Gu, Mountain Lakes, 10, Mountain Lakes High School

Hyeonjeong Jang, Gainesville, FL, 12, WOW Art Studio

So Young Jang, New York, NY, 11, WOW Art Studio

Jonathan Lee, New Providence, 8, New Providence High School

June Lee, Tenafly, 9, Tenafly High School

Anna Lockhart, Closter, 11, Northern Valley Regional Demarest High School

Nancy Lu, Bridgewater, 10, The Pingry School

Hania Strus, Livingston, 11, Livingston High School

Sayo Watanabe, Elmwood Park, 11, Bergen County Academies

Olivia Yi*, Englewood Cliffs, 12, WOW Art Studio


Silver Medal (27)

Olivia Ackerman, Harrington Park, 11, Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan

TaeHyeon An **, Tallahassee, FL, 12, WOW Art studio

April Blum, Millburn, 12, Millburn High School

Jean Choi, Leonia, 8,   Leonia Middle School

Daniela Coca, Jersey City, 11, Jersey City Arts High School Program

Ryan Corbett, Mendham, 11, West Morris Mendham High School

Melissa Danitz, Chatham, 12, Chatham High School

Veronica Fernandez, Ridgefield Park, 11, Ridgefield Park Junior Senior High School

Mary Heck, Wyckoff, 12, Bergen County Academies

In Young Huh, Closter, 12, Northern Valley Regional Demarest-High School

Hyun Woo Jin, Warren, 11, The Wardlaw-Hartridge School

Myung Jin Kang, Ridgewood, 12, Academy of the Holy Angels

Chaeyeon Kim, New York, NY, 11, WOW Art studio

Ha Kyoung Kim, Fort Lee, 11, Fort Lee High School

Sarah  Kim, Washington Township, 12, Westwood Junior/Senior High School

Sun Woo Kim, Norwood, 11, Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan

Ha-won Lee, Fort Lee, 12, Fort Lee High School

Ella McDonald, Montclair, 10, Montclair High School

Jinze Piao, Fort Lee, 12, Fort Lee High School

Yingru Qiu, East Brunswick, 12, East Brunswick High School

Isabel Sethi, Cranbury, 7, Cranbury Elementary School

Mina Sohn, Old Tappan, 12, North Valley Regional Old Tappan High School

Yi Jun Xia, Princeton, 12, The Lawrenceville School

Michelle Xu, West Windsor, 12, Sharron Art Center

Eric Zhang**, Princeton, 12, Princeton High School


* Olivia Yi earned a Portfolio Silver Award and a Gold Award.

** TaeHyeon An and Eric Zhang earned two Silver Awards.


A complete list of winners across the United States is available at  www.artandwriting.org/2015NationalMedalists.


Since the program’s founding in 1923, the Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students, including renowned alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields, including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Philip Pearlstein and Sylvia Plath. More recently, Stephen King, Richard Linklater, Zac Posen and Lena Dunham won Scholastic Art & Writing Awards when they were teens.


In June, National Award-winning teens from across the country will gather in New York City to attend the National Celebration series of events in their honor, hosted by the Alliance. This celebratory week will kick off on June 5 with the opening of the Art.Write.Now.2015 National Exhibition at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at The New School's Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute’s Pratt  Manhattan Gallery, featuring more than 1,000 Award-winning visual and literary works.


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