Vibrant Student Work Finds a Spotlight at the San Diego Museum of Art

by Jacqueline Bull May 1, 2019
 

 

art-gallery-2The San Diego Museum of Art’s (SDMOA) student exhibit Young Art is in its 44th year and runs through May 12. Young Art is a juried exhibition of K-12 students in San Diego County. The free exhibit is accessed through the side entrance of the museum.

This year’s theme is “Breaking Traditions” where students were asked to consider and respond to the museum’s collection “Art of the 20th Century.” Some pieces take direct inspiration from pieces in the 20th Century and some have taken on the theme of breaking traditions in their own way.

Out of the 300 plus art pieces submitted, 114 works were selected, five of which are video installations.

Nicole Amaya, Museum Educator of Student Programs, agreed to give me a tour of the exhibit and highlight some of the works.

Danielle Boodman, Grade 6, Ocean Air Elementary, Spaghetti Bath, Ceramic

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“This is one of my favorite pieces, “Spaghetti Bath.” This student was selected to come do the student tours…a lot of the staff have questions for this student, so they could ask them a few questions about that piece,” Nicole Amaya said.

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Ander Rivadeneyra, Grade 2, Christ Church Day School, Rainbow Face, Drawing

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“As soon as I saw this, I thought of Pablo Picasso immediately. You can really see the student’s feeling and emotion in the colors that they chose, the shapes. I think it is incredibly composed for a second grader…So you can tell their attention to detail and they really thought out the process. To me this is one of the pieces that really encompassed the theme of breaking tradition.”

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Nohemi Torres, Grade 7, Reach Out, Generations Center for Youth Advancement

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This piece took the words from a Dadaist poem and re-arranged them one word at a time, matching the word with a still.

Nicole said that she liked how they described the process and how that changed the view of the piece if you’d watched it without reading the artist’s statement first.

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Camila Bidart, Joshua Dana, and Jackson Geary, Grade 11, Color, Coronado High School

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This video piece with narration and impressive cinematography, goes through different colors and their associations or effects with people. The piece culminates in a collage of the different scenes.

“I was very blown away by this submission. I’m happy that the jury selected them to be in the show,” Nicole said.

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