Thursday, May 16 at 5PM

On Display May 16-August 18

The South Orange Performing Arts Center presents the best and brightest in various series of visual art exhibitions in the Herb + Milly Iris Gallery at SOPAC.  As a regional arts center, we are dedicated to nurturing and enriching the next generation with unique arts programs.  To that end, INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition is a celebration of young artists.

Every high school in Essex County is invited to participate.  The Young Artists Exhibition showcases visual arts by recognizing and fostering the artistic talents of high school students while their families, friends, and teachers celebrate and encourage their creative work.

Selected students enjoy a fully professional experience from juried selection, installation, an Opening Reception, exhibition, and in some cases, sale of their artwork.  Through this effort, we hope to represent the diversity of high school art students in Essex County.

Providing opportunities for emerging artists was the passion of the Gallery’s namesake, Milly Iris. Coupling those opportunities with education is at the core of SOPAC’s mission.  It is vitally important that we recognize arts education as valuable and that we nourish young artists and validate their achievements. We are delighted to offer our participating artists the chance to present their work in a professional exhibition.

Participating High Schools

American History High
Arts High School
Belleville High School
Bloomfield High School
Central High School
Cicely Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts
Columbia High School
Irvington High School
James Caldwell High School
Lacordaire Academy
Livingston High School
Malcolm X Shabazz High School
Memorial High School
Millburn High School
Newark Academy
Nutley High School
Orange High School
Seton Hall Preparatory School
Verona High School
West Essex Regional High School
West Orange High School
Westfield High School

Sponsored by the Iris Family Foundation.

Framing 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


Accessibility & Accommodation

 For details, visit our Accessibility page.

If you or a member of your party needs assistance, please notify SOPAC at the time your tickets are purchased. Contact the SOPAC Box Office at (973) 313-2787 or