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Young Artist Program

Young Artists @ the MAC!

The Marion Art Center is pleased to offer a Young Artist Program, a new collaboration between the Marion Art Center and local high schools. Our YA Program features an online exhibit, rotating student artwork on display at the MAC, student art shows, small group student tours, a mentor program to pair professional artists with young artists, free time in the MAC studio for student members, and an emerging artist lab.

*NEW* Student Membership - $25 Annually (ages 14-22)

Student Member Benefits

  • Free time in the MAC Studio
  • Chance to exhibit art in the MAC's biannual members’ shows
  • Discounts on classes, workshops, and programs
  • Discounts on theater and concert tickets
  • Member-only advance access to performance tickets and class registration
  • Invitations to special events such as artist lectures, preview events, and more

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Virtual Galleries

The student projects featured below were provided by faculty from Old Rochester Regional High School and Tabor Academy. If you would like the MAC to share other student work or include other regional schools, please email

Finding and Creating Culture in a Cup
Old Rochester Regional High School Ceramic Students

Presented by MAC Member Artist and ORR Art Educator Jo Mogilnicki

This past spring OR Ceramic students went on a cultural tour of their chosen or actual heritage via the lens of ceramic drinking vessels. Students were asked to research drinking vessels from their cultural heritage. These drinking vessels were then identified as sacred, secular or celebratory, with the understanding that some or all of these categories might overlap.

Students brainstormed and sketched possible drinking vessel forms and surface designs, influenced by ancient and not-so-ancient cultures. A group share was then followed by discussion, and demos on how to use template, slab, coil, and pinch processes in making our drinking vessels. Students practiced sgraffito, mishima and glazing techniques. For some, this was their very first time making a ceramic cup, a handle, and, using sgraffito and/or mishima to decorate their vertical cup surfaces. Students were asked to connect the past to the present in the creation of drinking vessels whose form and surface design reflected and displayed their cultural heritage.

Form and Function
Drinking out of our cups was the final measure of success in the design and making our cups.
That fated Friday, March 13th, unbeknownst to us that schools would be shuttered at the end of the day, ceramic students celebrated their creations by using them to drink coffee, hot chocolate and lemonade. The following images show some of the student work that came out of this effort.

Tabor Academy's Advanced Studio Art
A Distance Experience

Presented by Artist and Tabor Art Educator Tricia Smith
Access the Student Virtual Gallery Here.

In the past 9 plus weeks we have relied on one another to pull us through these unbelievable circumstances and adjust to a new way of experiencing studio art. The work you will see [on our student website] is from the trimesters that came before as well as what we are affectionately calling The Distance Experience.


Over the course of the 2019-2020 Academic Year, students in the Advanced Art curriculum have wrestled with and responded to issues personal, political, cultural and global. Some of the work may be "raw" or might make some viewers uncomfortable. Rather than sensor the authentic expressions of these artists we have decided to honor the truth of their individual voices, the nature of their challenging experiences, and the insight this provides into their creative worlds. As the adult in charge, any criticism of this decision falls on me. I am happy to discuss this choice with you, dear viewer, if you would like. I can be reached at

ORR Honors Art III
Access the Student Virtual Gallery - Coming Soon!

View works by ORR's Honors Art III students Sofia Martins, Taylor Green, Callie Tavares, and Sascha Polonsky.


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