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INSPIRED MINDS

Inspired Minds

Providing opportunities for emerging artists was a passion of The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery’s namesake, Milly Iris. Coupling those opportunities with arts education is at the core of SOPAC’s mission. 

INSPIRED MINDS is a celebration of young artists in the region. The program provides an opportunity for Essex County high school students to undergo a full professional gallery experience; from application through exhibition, and possible sale of their art. 

This program is managed by Linda Beard, SOPAC Director of Community Engagement & Education. Submitted works are juried by a panel of distinguished artists, photographers and curators. The artwork on display is for sale, unless otherwise noted. If interested in making a purchase, contact Linda Beard at (973) 382-1035 or lindab@sopacnow.org.

A special thanks to the visual arts faculty and staff of the participating Essex County high schools for their hard work and dedication to arts education.

2018 INSPIRED MINDS

2018 INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition 
A Juried Exhibit of Art by Essex County High School Students
Click here to view a photo gallery of this exhibition. 
Cover art by Leonel Soares, Jayne Levine, David Fernandez and Jacqueline Ruttner.

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 17, 7-9PM 

INSPIRED MINDS is sponsored by the Iris Family.
Framing generously donated by the South Orange Frame Shop.

Thank you to all 2018 INSPIRED MINDS participating high schools: Cicely Tyson School of the Performing and Fine Arts, Columbia, East Orange Campus, East Orange STEM Academy, Lacordaire Academy, Livingston, Millburn, Montclair, Nutley, Orange, Seton Hall Preparatory School, West Orange, Bloomfield, West Side, Newark Academy, University High School and Arts High School.

Past INSPIRED MINDS

2017 INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition 
A Juried Exhibit of Art by Essex County High School Students 
Click here to view a photo gallery of this exhibition. 
Cover art by Leonel Soares Neto, Katie Darvin, Brina Baia and Jessica Li.

The 2017 INSPIRED MINDS exhibition includes artwork submitted from the following Essex County high schools: Columbia High School, East Orange Campus High School, Lacordaire Academy, Livingston High School, Millburn High School, Newark Preparatory Academy, Nutley High School and Arts High School.

2016 INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition 
Click here to view a photo gallery of this exhibition. 
Featured cover art by Emily Katherine Glynn.

Gallery Inspired Minds

2015 INSPIRED MINDS: Columbia High School Young Artist Exhibition 
Click here to view a photo gallery of this exhibition.
Featured cover art by Austin Romanaux.