An ongoing partnership between Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation and Louisville Visual Art (LVA) now in its third year, Studio 2000 pairs high school students who aspire to be visual artists with professional artists to work in clay, fiber, mixed media and beginning this year, the first-ever mural art track.
Students in the eight-week program worked in the studio at the Shawnee Arts & Cultural Center, creating high-quality functional artwork under the direction of instructors Ehren Reed, Simon Gallo and J-D Schall. Studio 2000 students have also been hard at work, under the guidance of artist Casey McKinney, creating a vibrant new mural that is sure to become a beacon in the South Broadway / Smoketown neighborhood.
«Louisville Visual Art is thrilled to collaborate with Metro Parks again this summer to provide an opportunity for these students to work with a teaching artist,» said Lindy Casebier, LVA Executive Director. «In doing so, they experience firsthand the power of art to transform lives and neighborhoods.»
The program culminates with two special events: a public exhibition and sale on August 3 at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and a celebration of the completion of the Studio 2000 mural at Christ Way Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, August 6.
Proceeds from the sale are earmarked to support future programming through Studio 2000. The exhibition and sale is your chance to see artwork from 19 up-and-coming local high school artists while supporting an amazing program.
Joachim Uy, a rising senior at Male, has participated twice in the program. He said, «I really like Studio 2000 because it introduces me to new environments. You get to open yourself up and meet new people, and also improve your skills.» Fellow student Donielle Pankey, a rising junior at Butler, agrees, «I've learned a lot. It brings out my creative side, and you start to see things differently. I want to do something like this for a career, so this is very helpful.»
«We are very happy with our partnership with LVA,» said Ben Johnson, Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation Assistant Director. «This annual event showcases the talent these young adults possess. We hope people will make it out to see some of their incredible work.»
We hope you will be able to join us in celebration!
Studio 2000 Sale & Exhibition
Thursday, August 3
Sale Preview: 5:00-5:30 p.m.
Sale 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 W. Main Street
Studio 2000 Mural Unveiling Celebration
Sunday, August 6
Christ Way Missionary Baptist Church
237 E. Breckinridge Street