Every artist seeks an opportunity to exhibit their work in their community and beyond, and student artists are no different. In fact, talented young artists need all the local support they can get, which is the motivation behind MAA’s student art programs.
Although not all Marblehead students are made aware, they are eligible to apply for membership. This is a valuable opportunity to get exposure, sell their work, and gain an experience they can add to their resume.
When Julia Kokernak was 16, she and her father joined the association as members. Today, a high school senior, she’s a full artist member of MAA and values her experience with the association. Kokernak strongly believes her involvement with MAA helped her get accepted to Mass College of Art and Design in Boston, which she will be attending next year. “My membership has been valuable because before the MAA I had never been in an art show,” Kokernak said. “But now, in less than a year, I’ve been in four, in and out of MAA. MAA was a way for me to start showing my work, gain confidence in my work, and have people hear about my work.”
Calvin Falk, another student who MAA support, is currently studying visual arts and photography at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He applied to MAA while in high school and was accepted as a full artist member. Falk says the experience was valuable to him because he had the opportunity to show people what he was capable of at the time. He encourages other students to apply for membership. “Being involved with the MAA is a great help to being confident in yourself,” he said.
Lily Roberts, currently a senior at Marblehead High School and head of the school’s National Art Honor Society (NAHS), describes being involved with MAA as a “unique opportunity” for students. Along with several other NAHS members, Roberts organized the student society’s exhibit at MAA this winter. Although her peers were not immediately enthusiastic about the project, Roberts said that those who participated were proud to have done so. Roberts says the collaborative exhibit is a valuable chance for young artists to not only show their work but learn to set up an art show. She said of her peers, “They understand how amazing and special an opportunity it is for a young artist to display his or her work in the community for other artists and townspeople to see, especially at such a well-regarded and developed institution as MAA.”
MAA, which strongly encourages student involvement and supports student art programs, looks forward to aiding young artist development.
The above photograph was displayed in Calvin Falk’s MAA exhibit.