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On display in the Student Gallery this month: Art from Jackson Elementary School’s 5th Grade Class as part of RGAC’s Elementary Art Outreach Program

Opening Reception: Friday, April 15, 5-8pm (coincides with Medford’s 3rd Friday Art Walk)

Exhibit Dates: April 8 – April 21, 2010


(Medford, OR) – April 5, 2011 The Artist Teen Mentoring Project (ATMP)—now in its seventh year at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center (RGAC)—offers local teens, ages 16 to 18, insight into the life of a professional artist. These aspiring artists work with established artists to create art in a variety of materials and styles, including those seldom available to high school students. The six-month long project culminates with the student exhibition of their artwork in RGAC’s prestigious Main Gallery. The young artists work with their mentors’ studio to create work for the show while learning skills in that artists’ medium. The exhibit—made possible through sponsorship by Lithia and the Oregon Arts Commission—runs from April 8 through April 22, 2011, with a free Opening Reception on Friday, April 15, 5-8pm. Please come support these students in their first gallery show. We know you will be inspired!


The three-phase ATMP program pairs students with a professional artist, who provide them with at least 15 hours of individual instruction and direction in the artist’s studio. The work created under this tutelage is included in the exhibition. Thanks to the grants and private funding, each student receives a stipend for art materials as part of the program. This allows students to experiment and create in mediums that may have previously been cost prohibitive. Many teen participants use this mentoring experience to fulfill the requirements for their high school Senior Project. Past participants have gone on to study art, and many receive scholarships to attend higher learning institutions.


ATMP 2011 Participants:

Project: Digital Photography

Mentors: Michael Davis

Students: Jennifer Augino (Eagle Point HS), Holdyn Hastey (North Medford HS)


Project: Printmaking

Mentor: Nancy Jo Mullen

Student: Rachel Colson (Crater HS)


Project:  Ceramics

Mentor:  Alissa Clark

Students: Hailee Evans (PhoenixHS)


Project: Oil Painting

Mentor: Sarah Burns

Students: Gabby Dorman-Sisson (North Medford HS)


Project: Illustration

Mentor: Ann DiSalvo

Students: Mark Howland (Crater HS) Sarah Hagy (Phoenix HS)


Project: Photography

Mentor: Mary Wilkins-Kelly

Students: Kevin Arnoldussen (North Medford HS) Caienna Bierwirth (South Medford HS)


Project: Glass

Mentor: Deb Williams

Student: Kevin Chavez (Eagle Point HS)


For more information, contact RGAC at 541-772-8118 or visit


The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the Rogue Valley’s premier non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The Gallery offers local artists an opportunity to display their work, and displays a wide range of artistic styles and mediums not seen in commercial galleries. Aspiring artists, both children and adults, take classes from local artists and are exposed to a wide variety of artistic mediums. RGAC is located in Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Also on display in the Student Gallery are self-portraits and writing samples from Jackson Elementary School’s 5th grade class. This Elementary Art Outreach Pilot Program brings the class to the art gallery and art education to the classroom.


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