Art: The Next Generation

It’s hard to believe that almost 20 years have passed since the de Young hosted the first student showcase. This week’s Friday Nights at the de Young features the 17th annual New Generations Student Showcase! This year’s theme, Everyday Worlds: Exteriors and Interiors, is inspired by the special exhibitions currently on view at the de Young, including Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis, Eye Level in Iraq: Photographs by Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson, and Objects of belief from the Vatican: Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

Close looking

In its early days this program featured just two or three invited Bay Area colleges and universities, including Rick Rodrigues’s museum drawing class from City College of San Francisco, but over the years it has grown to include over 20 participating institutions.


Photo by Luis R. De La Torre

Robert Melton, who has worked on the program for 13 years, speaks of the history of the showcase and chronicles its development into the expansive gathering that it is today: “One experiences a full evening of looking, listening and interacting with a wide range of themed-based student artwork, including two- and three-dimensional works, film, multimedia, art demonstrations, performances, and art historical presentations.”


Photo by Justine Highsmith

As the program grew, says Melton, “We wanted our outreach to include more Bay Area colleges and universities, and we wanted to cultivate faculty and art educator involvement.” During the 2009‒2010 season, the Museums’ Public Programs team formed the New Generations Student Showcase Advisory Committee, which included students, faculty, museum staff, and recent graduates who collaborated to plan and promote the event.

This year, students from all over the Bay Area and beyond have submitted artwork that explores the inspiration found in everyday life, and seeks to investigate what lies beneath an ordinary moment or place, presenting diverse visions of the quotidian world.


Underpass, Galen Oback, Oil on Canvas, 2012

This Friday, April 19th, 2013 come and view multimedia artworks in the Piazzoni Murals Room all day and then stay for Friday Nights at the de Young as we celebrate Everyday Worlds: Exteriors and Interiors. Additional free programming throughout the museum, includes music by the Whooligan, films, gallery talks by UC Berkeley Art History graduate students, and the much-anticipated student showcase artist awards presentation hosted by emcees Melonie and Melorra Green.

For more information, please visit the website.