Last Call To See The 19th Annual Young Masters Exhibition At The Dallas Museum Of Art

Sometimes “putting off” isn’t such a bad thing. An example of that is visiting the 19th Annual Young Masters Exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art during its final days. This year’s exhibition ends this Sunday. Yup, that’s Easter Sunday. The good news is that a lot of folks and kids have Friday off, so they can check out the 65 original pieces of art that won the hearts of a panel of art and music professionals.

17 Young Masters graphic works*

Displayed along the Concourse, the exhibition includes 54 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works of art created by AP Studio Art students, five essays analyzing works of art in the DMA’s permanent collections by AP Art History students, and six 4-minute original compositions by AP Music Theory students.

Tiffany Sims of Grapevine High School*

Ryan Irwin of Lovejoy High School**

These were the so-called pick of the litter of 896 works submitted by 10 Dallas-area high schools (Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Colleyville Heritage High School, Coppell High School, Creekview High School, Grapevine High School, Lovejoy High School, Plano East Senior High School, Plano Senior High School, Plano West Senior High School, and Richardson High School) participating in the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP Arts Incentive Program.

Adhithi Baskar of Coppell High School**

Daniel Che, Kevin Bai and Gahwon Lee of Plano West High School**

According to Program Founder Edith O’Donnell, “The Young Masters Exhibition recognizes outstanding intellectual and creative expression in students participating in our AP Arts Incentive Program.  In its nineteenth year, the students’ work featured in the exhibition continues to inspire. The talented students who participate in our program and complete rigorous AP arts and music coursework build essential skills to ensure their success in the 21st century global economy, including stimulating innovation, cultivating critical thinking and developing a greater understanding of diverse cultures. I continue to be very proud of their accomplishments.”


Lyle Kradolfer, Carol Kradolfer, Edith and Peter O’Donnell and Ruth Mutch**

But wait! Here’s an idea. The DMA will be open Sunday, which is also the ultimate, very last day of the display. So, after hunting down those Easter eggs, going to church services, munching at brunch or whatever, why not check out the “young masters’” artwork.

And while you’re there, see the “Mexico 1900-1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orzco and the Avant-Garde.” Thanks to The M.O.B Family Foundation, admission to the exhibition will be free. But it’s available on a first-come, first served basis. FYI: The DMA opens at 11 a.m.

* Photo credit provided by AP Strategies 
** Photo credit: Steve Foxall

Young Masters’ Work Is Feted At Dallas Museum Of Art

Olivier Meslay, a senior curator at the Dallas Museum of Art, looked out Tuesday afternoon on the DMA concourse, which was crowded just then with high-school students, their parents, and their friends noisily enjoying the 14th annual Young Masters Exhibition.

“I am very surprised by the quality of what we can see here,” said Meslay, who previously worked at the Louvre in Paris. “It is amazing that these children learn so quickly and are so good.”

The 53 works hanging on the DMA wall were amazing, indeed. A panel of judges selected them from more than 650 pieces created and submitted by Advanced Placement students in studio art, art history, and music theory in North Texas.

The students were participating and competing in the nonprofit O’Donnell Foundation’s “Creating Schools of Excellence in Fine Arts Incentive Program,” which solicited works of art, original essays and original four-minute music compositions from 12 local high schools.

Kinar Ohanian, Bob and Yeran Ohanian and Lena Ohanian

One of the talented students was Lena Ohanian, from Plano West Senior High School. Her exhibited studio-art work, called “Pipes,” was done with tempera paint, and then overlaid with India ink to emulate rust and shadow.

While Lena posed for photos with her piece and her proud family, Maxwell Anderson, the DMA’s new Eugene McDermott director, acknowledged the excitement associated with exhibiting one’s work in a museum. “It’s always nice to see your art on the wall,” Anderson said, adding puckishly, “if it’s the right wall.”

Edith O’Donnell, who founded the Young Masters program, said its purpose is to “celebrate creativity, and to recognize and stimulate outstanding artistic expression in high school students. We believe creativity is the foundation for great art, great science, great literature, and great discovery.”

During a private reception, and just before a ceremony in which a number of awards were given out to the top Young Masters, Edith O’Donnell’s husband –Highland Park-reared philanthropist Peter O’Donnell Jr. — said the program started by his wife had begun bearing fruit.

“There’s a lot to be said for staying power. Winning a place in the exhibition is very prestigious for these students, and the program is making a dent,” he said. “They’re not just dragging themselves to school. They’re going there to compete — and to win!”

The exhibition of student work continues through April 8 at the Dallas Museum of Art.