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.

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.

Pictured above: “Rain Man” by Daniel Haber

INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition

View the Flickr Gallery for the 2021 INSPIRED MINDS.

Enjoy the exhibition at a “drive-through” opening in the windows of SOPAC on Thursday, June 17, 5:30-7:30PM.

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 lindab@sopacnow.org.

“Two-Faced” by Ling “Tiffany” Huang

View the Flickr Gallery for the 2020 INSPIRED MINDS.

In honor of SOPAC Audience Services Director Grayce Coviello, 1958-2020.

Sponsored by the Iris Family.
Framing donated by the South Orange Frame Shop.

Thank you to all the 2020 participating Essex County High Schools: Belleville, Bloomfield, Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts, Columbia, East Orange Campus, East Orange STEM Academy, Glen Ridge, KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy, Lacordaire Academy, Livingston, Millburn, Montclair, Nutley, Orange, Rae Kushner Yeshiva, Seton Hall Preparatory School, STEM Innovation Academy, West Orange, West Side, Newark Academy, University High School and Arts High School.

“Abstract Self Portrait” by Dania Altayeb

View the Flickr Gallery for the 2019 INSPIRED MINDS.

“Threshold” by David Fernandez.

View the Flickr Gallery for the 2018 INSPIRED MINDS.

“Hanging Out Columbia” by Leonele Soares.

View the Flickr Gallery for the 2017 INSPIRED MINDS.

“Color in Motion” by Wendy Li.

View the Flickr Gallery for the 2016 INSPIRED MINDS.

Portion of “Crude” by Austin Romanaux.

View the Flickr Gallery for the 2015 INSPIRED MINDS.