Thursday, June 17 from 5:30-7:30PM

Join us for a “drive-through” opening to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition in The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery.

INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition

Providing opportunities for emerging artists was a passion of The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery’s benefactor, 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.

2021 INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition

View the Flickr Gallery for the 2021 INSPIRED MINDS.

On display June 17 through August 15, 2021.

Thank you to all the 2021 participating Essex County High Schools: Belleville, Bloomfield, Columbia, East Orange Campus, Lacordaire Academy, Livingston, Millburn, Nutley, Orange, Seton Hall Preparatory School, West Orange, Newark Academy, and Arts High School.

Pictured above: “Rain Man” by Daniel Haber

INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition is a visual arts program designed to strengthen the impact of arts and arts education through the local school districts. The annual program gives a comprehensive professional experience to Essex County high school arts students from submission, selection, exhibition, and possible sale of their artwork. Each year, thousands of submissions are juried by a panel of distinguished artists, photographers, and curators. The result is an exciting and eclectic body of work from the perspective of emerging young artists.

This year, while working remotely or on a hybrid model due to COVID-19 restrictions, students and teachers alike, strove to continue the tradition of INSPIRED MINDS recognizing it is vitally important to continue to value arts education and encourage young artists and validate their achievements. Once again, we are delighted to offer our participating artists the chance to present their work in this unique and special way.

Sponsored by the Iris Family Foundation.

Framing for all artwork purchases generously donated by the South Orange Frame Shop.

If you are interested in making a purchase, please contact Linda Beard at (973) 382-1035 or