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: “Two-Faced” by Ling “Tiffany” Huang 

INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition

View the Flickr Gallery for the 2020 INSPIRED MINDS.

INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition

This exhibition is in honor of Audience Services Director Grayce Coviello 1958-2020.

INSPIRED MINDS:  Young Artist Exhibition is sponsored by the Iris Family.  Framing for all 2020 artwork purchased is generously donated by the South Orange Frame Shop.

Enjoy the exhibition at a “drive-through” opening in the windows of SOPAC Thursday, May 14, 5:30-7:30PM.

On display May 14 through August 14, 2020.

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.

Pictured above: “Two-Faced” by Ling “Tiffany” Huang

For the last six years, the South Orange Performing Arts Center has presented the INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition as a celebration of Essex County young artists in the Herb + Milly Iris Gallery with an opening reception that draws over 100 attendees.

This year’s exhibition was in serious jeopardy due to the COVID-19 crisis.  Students are missing out on so much; no end-of-year celebrations, no graduation ceremonies and no art exhibits. But we wanted to do something different for these students. We wanted to give them something to remember.  Prints of the student’s pieces will be mounted in the large glass windows on the façade of the South Orange Performing Arts Center May 14 – August 17, and a celebratory “drive-through” opening at the iconic performing arts center is planned for May 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

It is vitally important that even amid the severe challenges we are currently facing, we continue to recognize the value of arts education and that we encourage young artists and validate their achievements. We are delighted to offer our participating artists the chance to present their work in this unique and special way.

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INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition

Pictured above: “Two-Faced” by Ling “Tiffany” Huang 

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

Thank you to all the 2019 participating Essex County High Schools: Belleville, Bloomfield, Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts, Columbia, East Orange Campus, East Orange STEM Academy, KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy, Lacordaire Academy, Livingston, Millburn, Montclair, Nutley, Orange, Rae Kushner Yeshiva, Seton Hall Preparatory School, 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.