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"Teen Visions" exhibition to spotlight Mill Street Loft's Art Institute students, from January 25-February 15 in Vassar's James W. Palmer Gallery

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Art portraiture, figure drawing, sculpture, and photography by over fifty high school age students of The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft, will be featured in the fifth annual "Teen Visions" exhibition, to be shown Thursday, January 25 through Thursday, February 15 in the James W. Palmer '90 Gallery at Vassar College. Students from 35 area high schools will exhibit in this juried exhibition, with their works selected from Art Institute programs held during the summer and fall of 2006. A public reception will be held in the Palmer Gallery for the artists and Art Institute staff from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 25.

Now in its eleventh year, The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft advances students' ideas and skills in the visual arts, to help them prepare the strong portfolio of work required by undergraduate art schools. The Art Institute boasts an impressive track record: every young person who has participated for at least one year has gone on to a college art program with no less than $20,000 in scholarship funds.

[Left: "Basement", Taylor Datres, senior at Arlington High School] Since 2000, Art Institute students have received offers of more than $8 million in merit-based scholarships to colleges and universities throughout the United States, including The Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, Savannah College of Art and Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, New York University, School of Visual Arts, Columbus College of Art and Design, and Cornell University

"I am always stunned by the caliber of the work we exhibit in Teen Visions. It would be easy to conclude these are professional artists, but all of them are ages 14 to 17," said Todd Poteet, director of the Art Institute, and its core instructor. "Each student has a drive and motivation far beyond their years. They are career minded, top of their academic classes, and serious artists. I am proud to not only call myself one of their teachers, but one of their peers."

"Our goal has always been to prepare students to obtain scholarships to the top schools, to excel in the program of study they choose, and to become working professional artists in their prospective fields," continued Poteet.

[Left: "Spider in my Shoe", Zoe Keller, senior at Kingston High School] The student artists exhibiting work in "Teen Visions" represent such schools as Kent High School, Kingston High School, Arlington High School, and Poughkeepsie High Schools, and each student participated in a variety of Art Institute classes, including an advanced portfolio program in the arts.

Mill Street Loft is a Poughkeepsie-based and nationally recognized multi-arts educational center, dedicated to bringing a wide range of creative, educational, and culturally enriching programs to diverse audiences throughout New York's Hudson Valley ( Designed for motivated teens ages 14-19, the program is completely run by professional artists to help develop skills in visual and media arts.

For more information on "Teen Visions" and the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft, contact Todd Poteet at (845) 876-5440 or 430-3882, and The James W. Palmer Gallery is located in the College Center on the Vassar campus. For gallery hours, or to arrange accommodations for people with disabilities, call (845) 437-5370.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, January 17, 2007