Young Masters: Advanced Placement Student Art Competition

The O’Donnell Foundation announces the opening of the Young Masters’ Juried Exhibition, comprising over thirty-seven two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art created by students from ten area high schools participating in the Advanced Placement Studio Arts Incentive Program™.

Twenty-seven area schools participate in the current five-year Pre-AP and AP Studio Art and Art History Incentive Program, Create Schools of Excellence in the Arts. All participating AP Studio Art teachers were invited to submit up to one work of art from each of their students for possible inclusion in this exhibition. A panel of judges reviewed over 250 works of art and selected the thirty-seven pieces that are on view.

Edith O’Donnell, who created the program in 1994, says, “The proudest moment for an AP Art student is to have a work of art chosen for the Young Masters exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art. One student exclaimed, ‘I can hardly believe that I have a painting hung on the same wall with the Cézannes and Picassos.’ They never forget this great thrill and they covet this honor.”

About the Young Masters Exhibition
The Young Masters exhibition was created over ten years ago to recognize outstanding artistic expression in Dallas-area AP Arts students and to inspire all young artists to reach their full potential. Showcasing high school talent at one of the most prestigious museums in the country serves as a source of lifelong accomplishment to participating students, many of whom begin to truly perceive themselves as artists when their work is exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art.

About Advanced Placement Arts Incentive Program
In 1994 the O’Donnell Foundation created the AP Arts Incentive Program to motivate high school students’ interest and success in rigorous arts courses. The AP Music Theory program was added in 1998. Courses offered include AP Art History, AP Studio Art Drawing, AP Studio Art 2D Design, AP Studio Art 3D Design, and AP Music Theory. Pre-AP courses may include any classes that prepare students for AP Arts courses. In the fourteen-year history of the program, more than 7,000 arts and music students have participated in the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP incentive programs. Last year, graduating seniors earned $7,320,550 in scholarships.

About Richard R. Brettell, Ph.D.
Dr. Brettell is among the world’s foremost authorities on impressionism and French painting. With three degrees from Yale University, he has taught at the University of Texas, Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, Yale University, and Harvard University and is currently Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetics in the Interdisciplinary Program in Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also an international museum consultant with projects in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Recently, he established CISM (Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums) at UTD with a grant from the Elizabeth and Felix Rohatyn Foundation and serves as the American Director of FRAME, French Regional & American Museum Exchange. From 1988 to 1992, he acted as The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art.