Art Students Discuss Path to Scholarship

 Art Students Discuss Path to Scholarship

Nationally known Muralist, Rick Price, to lead panel

Presentation Rescheduled from Feb 15th

snow postponement

                Poughkeepsie, NY – On Saturday, February 22nd at 5:00pm, students from the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft will discuss their path to scholarship and the work that compromises their college application portfolios and currently showcased in the Senior Student Art Show at MSL entitled “Unprecedented.”  Since 2000, over $30 million in merit-based scholarships have been offered to Mill Street Loft art students.  This panel is the first of its kind at Mill Street Loft and will allow students to share their experience and their development process as they apply to colleges and consider their future as working artists.

Guest Artist Rick Price, a Beacon based artist and illustrator, will facilitate the panel discussion with the students.  Price has worked with various Hudson Valley schools on mural projects and is the artist who created the beautiful mural “River Beacons,” which celebrates the City of Beacon and its relationship to the Hudson River.

Included in the show, are award-winning young artists who will soon compete for national honors.  On February 7th, at the national Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Mill Street Loft students won 72 Gold and Silver medals in the Hudson Valley Regional art competition.  Four of the five top awards, the American Vision Awards, were won by Mill Street Loft students, Michelle Devlin, Matthew Valardo, Emily Kofsky and and Jenna Pyzowski. These students now move on to the national competition and vie for $10,000 in college scholarship funds with a potential of a full-tuition college scholarship available to National Gold Portfolio Winners.

“These are some of the most prestigious awards that a college-bound high school student can earn in the U.S.,” said Todd Poteet, Director of the Art Institute at Mill Street Loft.  “Our students have done consistently well over the years, but this year was unprecedented.”

“Unprecedented” represents the work of eight students.   At this point, several pieces have been removed from the show to be sent to the national competition, but Mill Street Loft has found an alternative way to share the work with attendees of the event.

“We think it will add to the exploration and discussion to experience this work in a different way.  But you will have to join to see how we are doing it,” Poteet added.

The public, art lovers of all ages, families and talented young artists, are invited to attend this free event to learn more about Mill Street Loft, the talented students and their work and how to plan for college applications and portfolio development.

The “Unprecedented” Panel Discussion Event is taking place on Saturday, February 22nd at 5:00pm at Mill Street Loft’s Studio45, 45 Pershing Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY, just off Rte 44/55.  Information is available on the website www.millstreetloft.org , Facebook or by calling the MSL office at 845-471-7477.  This event was originally scheduled for February 17th and was postponed due to a snow storm.