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June 7, 2017

Art All-State Massachusetts 2017
Location: UMass Dartmouth, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Program Dates: June 9 - 10
Reception: June 10 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

CVPA Campus Gallery and CVPA Studios
UMass Dartmouth, College of Visual and Performing Arts
285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, MA
Visitors are advised to use Parking Lots 7/8/9

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at UMass Dartmouth has partnered with the Massachusetts Art Education Association and the New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! to host Art All-State Massachusetts on June 9 and 10. Now in its thirtieth year, Art All-State brings 144 of the Commonwealth’s most creative high school juniors to the University for an intense two-day experience. These students will work with sixteen artist/mentors who are all accomplished in a variety of art related media. The artist/mentors will introduce the students to the rich arts community of downtown New Bedford, and investigate the works on display at the New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! and other museums and galleries in the area as inspiration for their own creative work. Through these encounters, the artists will mentor the students in experiencing the vast possibilities of the role of the artist in the contemporary creative community. The groups will explore the theme “Limits: No Limits” through which they will solve creative problems to create installation art pieces using limited materials and time constraints.

Please join us for a public viewing, and gallery exhibition showcasing the work of the artist/mentors on Saturday June 10 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. at the CVPA building, UMass Dartmouth.

Participating Artist/Mentors:
Andy Bell, Leah Craig, Rebekah Flake, Meghan Gates, Rich Gombar, YoAhn Han, Nancy Grace Horton, Rosa Ibarra, C.M. Judge, Joanna Matuck, Joe Joe Orangias, Macon Reed, Alex Romania, Emily Sandagata, Robb Sandagata, Emily Smith

Inner Space & Outer Limits: Art All-State 30th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition
Location: UMass Dartmouth, University Art Gallery, College of Visual and Performing Arts Star Store Satellite Campus

Program Dates: June 9 - 10
Reception: June 10 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

University Art Gallery
UMass Dartmouth, College of Visual and Performing Arts
715 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at UMass Dartmouth and the Massachusetts Art Education Association are pleased to present Inner Space & Outer Limits, an exhibition featuring the work of twenty-six artists who have participated in Art All-State either as students or artist/mentors to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the program. The exhibition is juried by ICA Boston curatorial assistants Jessica Hong and Jeffery De Blois. The jurors discuss that in surveying the selected works there are several threads that loosely knit them together. Principle among them are considerations of the formation and representation of various subjectivities, and how, in combination, dialogic explorations of place and its relationship to interiority find different material expressions.

Art All-State brings 144 of the Commonwealth’s most creative high school juniors to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for an intense two-day experience. These students will work with sixteen artist/mentors to create collaborative installations that explore contemporary themes.

Please join us for the opening reception and artist talks on Thursday June 8 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Star Store building, UMass Dartmouth.

Participating Artists:
Laruen Ceike, Amy Cuneo, Nicole Daviau, Mark Eshbaugh, Hannah Ferrante, Richard Gombar, Sadie Harmon, Nancy Grace Horton, Rosa Ibarra, Henry Kunkel, Amanda Lachappelle, George LoCascio, Corey Marsh, Nancy McCormack, Jane McNeil-McKeag,
Meghan Murray, Andra Narrigan, Kolin Perry , Will Premru, Erin Reid, Emily Sandagata,
Victoria Taylor, David White, Katherine Wildman, Charlotte Young, Lauren Zaknoun

Related Events: Tape Art Mural
When: Tuesday June 6 through Friday June 9
Location: CVPA Atrium

Tape Artist Michael Townsend, Leah Smith and the tape art crew will work to install a temporary mural in the CVPA Atrium. Known for his extensive drawings in tape, Michael embodies the spirit of Art All-State and has been an integral part of the program for over twenty years. He will deliver a lively artist talk for the students during Art All-State on Friday June 9.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the installation of the mural, no prior experience necessary, all ages welcome. Please email for more information.

For additional information please contact:
Kristi Oliver, Art All-State Program Director

An experience like no other, AAS brings together 144 high school juniors from across the state for an intense two-day art making experience facilitated by professional artists, inspired by local contemporary art.  Students work collaboratively to create installations rooted in the theme Limits: No Limits. 

The steering committee meets monthly via google hangout (online similar to Skype) and is always looking for more help!  Please email if you are interested in getting involved! 

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Students worked with Artist Mentors Nancy Grace Horton and Carolyn Lewenberg

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Art All-State Massachusetts is an intense two-day program that brings together 145 high school juniors of exceptional artistic potential and commitment to work with practicing artists to create collaborative installations. Art All-State is designed by prominent art teachers to provide students with an understanding of art related careers and direct knowledge of contemporary art forms.  During the program, students will work in groups to explore contemporary art and use their newfound knowledge to inspire their collaborative work.  Students will be exposed to many possible art careers as the sixteen artist mentors discuss their work and share experiences providing a valuable resource for young artists. The event will culminate with a public viewing and reception of the work created in the two-day program. Art All-State also includes a program for parents to take place just before the public viewing.  This program aims to answer questions that parents may have about careers in the arts and how the program may assist in providing resources to aid in the decision- making process.  

Art All-State is made possible through a strong partnership between MAEA, the AAS Steering Committee, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  The program also partners with the New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks as well as the UGLY gallery and others located in historic downtown New Bedford. 

Art All-State Massachusetts is committed to providing a meaningful experience for all involved with the program.  Art All-State aims to:
  • Boost student self-image through recognition and encouragement
  • Bring together students and professional artists from diverse disciplines to work in a studio setting
  • Allow students to work collaboratively with practicing artists and their peers from other schools across the Commonwealth
  • Provide experience preparing an application for admission (similar to the process used for college art programs)
  • Introduce students to UMass Dartmouth, local museums, and galleries as a resource for the practicing artist
  • Provide a forum for parental inquiry and discussion regarding their children’s future in art
  • Increase communication among secondary art teachers by providing opportunities for them to serve together on panels and review committees, and to act as program facilitators
In the early 1980’s MAEA board members along with the Massachusetts Art Directors, the Massachusetts Alliance for the Arts in Education, the Central Massachusetts Art Educators, and representatives from the Boston Globe were looking for opportunities to support young artists. Together the groups supported an idea that came from MAEA members Sheila Tetler and Nora Hall for the creation of a program that would act as the equivalent of the All-State program that music students were already experiencing.  Sheila and Nora approached Honee Hess at the Worcester Art Museum to house the program and assist in a procuring a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  The team was successful, and at that time Sheila moved from being the MAEA Secondary Representative to being the first Art All-State Coordinator; the first Art All-State took place in 1987.
Shortly thereafter a statewide steering committee made up of MAEA members from across the state was formed to assist in the conceptual develop.m.ent of the program.  The group assisted in the many aspects of the program, with subcommittees specifically tasked with program evaluation, student selection, artist selection, artist training, parent program coordination, etc.  From the group, a chairperson was appointed to liaise between AAS and MAEA tapping into the resources offered by both groups and solidifying the strong partnership between them.  MAEA, realizing the importance of the program for both students and teachers, has supported the program since the original conception. The goals of the program remain consistent with the original intent laid out in the 80's with a focus on high school juniors who are poised to make important decisions about their future.  The program aims to have a positive impact upon students through both the final event and the selection process, therefore, even if students were not selected for Art All-State they would have learned from the experience.  The interview process is an integral piece in the realization of this goal. Each student is interviewed by a panel of three art teachers who will have reviewed the application materials and ask probing questions based on the student's work.  In this way, students who are in need of support and encouragement are provided opportunities for acceptance (versus only the most talented students receiving praise) to level the playing field between the disparities in school art programs across the state.

In the 2000's the program was pushed conceptually when one studio group used a very limited amount of materials (tennis balls, string, and adhesive) to create a visually stunning, conceptually strong installation.  This resulted in the theme “Limits: No Limits” that is still embraced today.  Through this concept, students are asked to explore the limitless possibilities that are only restricted by the limited amount of materials, time, and space.  This shift led to an increased level of sophistication in the final installation pieces and provided a vehicle to explore contemporary themes through the use of repurposed and non-traditional materials.  The steering committee is always accepting new members.

If you are interested in more being involved in the conceptual develop.m.ent of the program, or would like to volunteer, interview, or help in any way please contact


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