Divergence: Emerging Legacies

Cynthia Inaba is the Coordinator of the Docent Council and College Programs in the Education Department.



Once a year, the de Young invites undergraduate and graduate students from across the Bay Area to submit artworks for the New Generations Student Showcase.  These works are then exhibited in the Piazzoni Murals Room and are juried by an advisory committee of museum and university staff, graduate students and recent graduates.

Photo by Bob Toy

The Showcase offers students the opportunity to exhibit their art in a professional environment, present on the museum’s collections, learn about the process of participating in a juried art show and gain invaluable experiences for their future.

Photo by Cynthia Inaba

The 19th annual presentation of the event—titled Divergence: Emerging Legacies—will be held from April 24 through April 26, 2015.  Applicants were asked to reflect on and write about their own legacies and artistic practices.  These artworks and statements will be on view throughout the weekend.  

Photo by Reza Alhosseini

Last year’s theme was Expand, and students were encouraged to explore beyond the boundaries of creative arts and find inspiration from the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. For the first time ever, the Showcase was held as a dynamic weekend-long event.

Installation Photo by Luis De La Torre

The Student Showcase Advisory Committee is a key component in the planning, installation and execution of the event.  Work begins in the fall and includes an orientation workshop, an art history symposium, gallery presentations and an awards reception.  During this process, students discover what it means to collaborate with a public art institution as they network, share ideas and learn about museum policies and practices.  

Photo by Bob Toy

The program also includes the Bay Area Undergraduate Art History Symposium, held on Saturday, April 24, at 1:00 pm in the Koret Auditorium, and gallery presentations by UC Berkeley Art History graduate students on Sunday, April 26. Learn more.

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