“Even though the subject matter may be scary for some, the students demonstrate a remarkable level of maturity and creativity in dealing with concepts and actual scientific images of cancer.” ~ Richard Chang, The Orange County Register
On display in the Young Artists Society Gallery is student work by Laguna Beach High School art students inspired by ex•pose artist Beatriz da Costa. Laguna Beach High School art teacher Bridget Beaudry-Porter worked with a number of 9th to 12th grade students during a two-month period in the spring of 2013 to create paintings based on microbiological images of cancer cells. The project not only introduced students to the use of scientific imagery as inspiration for making art, but also gave them the opportunity to investigate cancer from a different perspective. The result is a group of stunning paintings with a beauty all their own.
About The Young Artists Society Gallery
The Young Artists Society Gallery, generously sponsored by Wells Fargo Foundation, is located on the lower level of the museum’s gallery space and features artwork by K-12 students from Orange County schools and non-profit groups throughout the year. The rotation of shows coincides with the museum’s exhibition schedule, and student work is displayed in the same professional manner as art in the rest of the galleries. Laguna Art Museum’s Education Department collaborates closely with teachers to prepare for an exhibition, with student work based on—and inspired by—one of the other exhibitions on display at the museum at the same time. Students also receive a special behind-the-scenes tour of the museum in the weeks before their exhibition. A special Young Artists Society Gallery opening reception takes place at the museum on the Sunday afternoon following regular night-time members’ openings of new exhibitions.