The O’Donnell Foundation will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Young Masters Exhibition on view February 24 - April 15, 2018 at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA)in the Concourse Gallery. The exhibition features selected original works created by Advanced Placement® Studio Art, Art History, and Music Theory students from ten Dallas-area high schools participating in the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP Arts Incentive Program including the following students from Richardson High School:
Evan Balster, Studio Art
Amaris Carter, Studio Art
Jean-Luc Fagnan, Studio Art
TomIssac Mark, Studio Art
Anna Fitzgerald, Music Theory
Selected by a panel of respected professionals from the arts and music fields, the 2018 exhibition features 64 original pieces chosen from 667 works submitted by AP Fine Arts students. The exhibition includes fifty-four 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works of art created by AP Studio Art students, four essays analyzing works of art in the DMA’s permanent collections by AP Art History students, and six 4-minute original compositions by AP Music Theory students.
Schools represented in the exhibition are Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA), Colleyville Heritage High School, Coppell High School, Creekview High School, Grapevine High School, Lovejoy High School, Plano East Senior High School, Plano Senior High School, Plano West Senior High School, and Richardson High School.
A private reception and ceremony will be held on Tuesday, March 6, at the Dallas Museum of Art for participating students, their families, and teachers.
The O’Donnell Foundation’s Advanced Placement Fine Arts Program was founded twenty-four years ago to motivate high school students’ interest and success in rigorous college-level fine arts courses, AP Art History, AP Studio Art, and AP Music Theory. In their mission to support schools as national models of excellence in fine arts education, the Foundation provides superior AP and Pre-AP training for program teachers. This year, 119 teachers and 1,790 students from 16 Dallas-area high schools participate in the program.
Based on the 2017 College Board AP fine arts qualifying exam results of a “3” or higher, the Foundation’s grant schools account for 16.5% of the state’s qualifying AP Fine Arts exams; 21% of the state’s qualifying AP Art History exams, 26% of the state’s qualifying AP Music Theory exams, and 12% of the state’s qualifying AP Studio Art exams. Six of the Program’s schools are included in the top ten state rankings for comprehensive AP Fine Arts schools (campuses that offer all three disciplines: AP Studio Art, AP Art History, and AP Music Theory). Eighty-eight percent of the Foundation’s AP Fine Arts students taking an AP Fine Arts exam in 2017 received a qualifying score.
Since its founding in 1994, more than 20,500 arts and music students have benefited from the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP incentive programs. Last year, graduating seniors earned over $42 million in scholarships.
Admission to the Young Masters exhibition in the DMA’s Concourse is included with free general admission. For more information, visit www.apstrategiesarts.org or www.DMA.org.
About the Dallas Museum of Art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation, and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 24,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. Since the Museum’s return to free general admission in 2013, the DMA has welcomed more than 3.2 million visitors. For more information, visit DMA.org.
The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.