Dates: September 4 – 25, 2020
For more information
Contact Sarah Ciampa at the Maude Kerns Art Center
1910 East 15th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97403
Tel: 541-345-1571; Fax: 541-345-6248
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Maude Kerns Art Center Presents
Fast Forward: The Mayor’s Teen Art Show
The 21th Annual
With New Acquisitions:
Selected Works by Maude I. Kerns
September 4 – 25, 2020
The Maude Kerns Art Center is honored to present the 21st annual Fast Forward: The Mayor’s Teen Art Show and New Acquisitions: Selected Works by Maude I. Kerns, opening on Friday, September 4 and on view through September 25. The Title Sponsor for the 2020 “Mayor’s Teen Art Show” is the Susi Larsen & Cameron Serbu Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. Mayor Lucy Vinis selects the Mayor’s Choice Award winner. The “Mayor’s Teen Art Show” jurors, artists and art educators Krista Raasch, Christopher St. John, and Barbara Counsil, choose additional award winners. All awards will be announced on Friday, September 11.
This year’s Fast Forward: The Mayor’s Teen Art Show features 31 teen artists from 11 schools. The selected artists display work in a wide variety of mediums, including watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings, papier mâché sculptures, glass, wood, and textile works, graphite, ink, and ebony pencil drawings, digital art, linoleum prints, mixed media, and photography.
Nevaeh Bahler, 13, from Monroe Middle School, displays five works using different media. One striking piece of digital art titled Imagine is an image of a young Black girl set against a vivid purple background. Nevaeh expresses the important role that imagination plays in her artwork: “Art gives me the opportunity to get away from reality, think outside the box, and express my feelings. When I create I feel like I’m being taken to a different world, of just me and my creative thoughts.”
Nic E. Hampton, 19, from California College of Arts and Crafts, exhibits two glass pieces and three mixed media works in this year’s “Mayor’s Teen Art Show,” including a moving mixed media acrylic painting titled Hope. Nic, who loves the complexity of art, asks herself three questions before she begins creating: “What do I want to say? Why do I want to say it? and Why should it exist in the world?” Once she answers these questions, she says, “I can then start to think about what material and form will best convey my feelings.”
Cailin Stewart, 15, from South Eugene High School, shows one abstract painting and four digital photographs in the 2020 “Mayors’ Teen Art Show,” including a mysterious black and white photograph called Girl Looking Through. Cailin, a triplet, found her individuality through photography and painting. She says, “When I paint, I find inspiration in the world around me…. My photography is another way to provide a view of the world through my emotional lens.”
New Acquisitions: Selected Works by Maude I. Kerns is exhibited in the Maude I. Kerns Salon Gallery. It is partially sponsored by Marion Sweeney and dedicated to Leslie Brockelbank, the great niece of Maude Kerns. The exhibit features 18 pieces which have never been exhibited before. They are among a larger body of works on paper given to the Art Center by Leslie Brockelbank’s daughter, Mary Jane Griffiths, who sent her donation to the Art Center from her home in New Zealand. Largely non-objective, the work includes studies, prints, and paintings on paper.
The Maude Kerns Art Center is adhering to all State of Oregon and Oregon Health Authority guidelines. Both exhibits can be viewed in person and online at www.mkartcenter.org. Artwork may also be purchased through the Art Center’s website.
The Maude Kerns Art Center, located at 1910 E. 15th Avenue at the corner of 15th and Villard, is Eugene’s first non-profit community center for the visual arts. Gallery hours are from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday, and noon to 4:00 pm on Saturday when exhibits are on display. For more information about “Fast Forward: The Mayor’s Teen Art Show” or “New Acquisitions: Selected Works by Maude I. Kerns,” contact the Art Center at 541-345-1571 or visit the Center’s website at www.mkartcenter.org.