The first exhibition of John Kotulas series of exhibitions, Young Artists and their Mentors, just opened at the Meeting Room Gallery at Bagelz of Wakefield. The show featured the work of David Chatowsky, Dan McManus, Will Schaff, Lily Quinn, Scott Lapham, Miguel Rosario, Anthony Villavicencio, Roberto Bessin, Craig Crawford, Laura Katz, Kat Desrosiers, Alaniz Valladarez, and Courtney McDonald.
In arts education there has been a resurgence of the notion that the classroom is not the only place to learn creative skills. More and more there is now an emphasis on personal connections between students and mentors as a way for the young person to grow and develop. This trend is described as “real world learning”, “community based training,” and/or “learning through internships.” Additionally, many young artists whose training is mainly based in schools rather than in their communities form student-mentor relationships that deeply influence their development as artists.
In looking at young artists and their mentors, the emphasis is typically on what the young person gains from the relationship. However, anyone who has ever served as a mentor will tell you it is both parties that learn and grow from the experience. Young Artists and Their Mentors celebrates the dynamic relationship that develops between a student and a teacher.
Young Artists and Their Mentors
Part 1 of 3
At The Meeting Room Gallery, At Bagelz Of Wakefield
90 Pershing Ave
January 8th – March 3rd, 2010