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Mayor Spotlights Studio2000

Monday July 17, 2006

Summer Youth Art Sale July 20-21

Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the 7th Annual Studio2000 Summer Show and Sale will take place on July 20 and 21 at the Kentucky Center, 501 West Main Street. Studio2000 is the Louisville Metro Office of Youth Development’s art apprenticeship program.

The silent auction opens at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 20 and closes at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 21. Tagged items will go on sale after the awards program, which begins at 5 p.m. on Friday. More than 300 pieces of artwork created by Studio2000 students will be for sale including: one-of-a-kind mosaics, original oil paintings and hand-made tapestries. Prices range from $10 to $300. Proceeds benefit Studio2000 and are reinvested in art supplies and educational materials.

A new and exciting partnership was forged this year with Louisville Stoneware. The world-famous pottery company donated 200 pieces of unfinished pottery for the students to design and decorate. The apprentices created 36 unique four-piece place settings that will be unveiled at the show. Students also designed stoneware lamp bases and nesting bowls.

“Students from our program represent 25 different high schools and come from 20 zip codes and six countries,” Abramson said. “The one thing all of these students have in common is a passion for art and a desire to have a positive outlet for their creative energies.”

Participants in the program are chosen from every Louisville public, private and parochial school.

“That’s what makes Studio2000 special,” said Bob Markert, Studio2000 director. “Each student brings something special to the studio, a unique perspective. Students learn from the professional artists and from each other.”

The Office of Youth Development created Studio2000 to connect teens that have a passion for art with professional artists. The initiative is modeled after a similar program in Chicago. Since its inception, Studio2000 teachers have provided artistic and career direction to more than 350 high school students. Studio2000 students receive weekly paychecks for their participation in the program.

Teenagers have received direction from world-renowned artists like Louisville’s own, Ed Hamilton. Studio2000 graduates now attend some of the most prestigious art schools in the country including: the Chicago Art Institute, Savannah College of Art and Design, Purdue University, Columbus College of Art and Design, and the Maryland Institute College of Art and Design.

For people unable to attend the sale, gift certificates may be purchased for use throughout the year at the studio located at 942 East Kentucky Street.

For more information about joining Studio2000 or the art sale, contact Bob Markert at 574-1365.

Studio2000 is an arts-based youth employment program coordinated by the Louisville Metro Office of Youth Development (OYD). Visit OYD online here.


Studio 2000

Sample of student artwork.