Category: Exhibits

Drawing Act 150: Let’s Celebrate – Posted by Mrs. Alice Gentili

150 years ago on May 16, 1870, Massachusetts passed An Act relating to free instruction in drawing, which has become known as the 1870 Drawing Act. This declared drawing instruction a vital part of public school education. MAEA is partnering with the Drawing Act Coalition to sponsor a community art installation this May.

MAEA’s Advocacy Liaison Alice Gentili composed an article about the Drawing Act. In her article she includes many resources for teachers, along with an extensive history of the Drawing Act and how it was implemented in education at the time.

Take a look at the the original drawing instruction book, the Teacher’s Companion to the American Drawing Slates and Cards and the collection of Drawing Cards from within the book. Thanks to Alice Gentili for creating these amazing resources!

To learn more about the Drawing Act Exhibits click below.

Drawing Act 150

Drawing At School: 1870-2020

Statewide YAM & MAEA Recognitions Exhibit – Exhibit Update

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak the State Transportation Building in Boston, where MAEA manages the 2nd Floor Atrium Gallery space, is currently closed to the public. The Statewide Youth Art Month exhibit and the Massachusetts Amazing Emerging Artists Recognitions exhibit, which were scheduled to come down March 26 will continue to stay on display until we have a better idea of when we can get the show down and work returned back to teachers and students.
If you need a piece returned to you sooner please contact us and we will do our best to make arrangements.
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We are in uncharted territory and we appreciate your understanding and support as we navigate this together.

We are happy to share that the professional photographs taken at the Family Day Celebration have been shared with us. You can find the images here . Please feel free to share with your students and their families.

Celebrating the Drawing Act – Updated Exhibit Information

150 years ago, on May 16, 1870, Massachusetts passed An Act relating to free instruction in drawing , which has become known as the Drawing Act of 1870 . This was the first law in the nation requiring drawing to be taught in public schools and communities, passed by our own Massachusetts legislature!

Drawing at School: 1870-2020 – Exhibit Dates to be Determined

MAEA would like to celebrate the progress art education has made over those 150 years.

Please note we have had to make adjustments to this exhibit. It was previously planned to be installed during April vacation. We are hoping to run the exhibit during the summer, but with most schools not currently in session, the exact dates of this exhibit are to be determined. We will update the details for this exhibit as soon as we have more information.

When details are finalized for this exhibit we invite all teachers to submit up to 6 student drawings and 1 personal drawing for the show. All students are welcome from early childhood through college.

Questions? Email exhibitions@massarted.com

Drawing Act 150 – A Great Opportunity for Remote Learning

Help celebrate the 150th year of the Drawing Act by asking your students, their families, and your colleagues, friends and family to create a small drawing of something seen every day.

The Drawing Act Coalition* invites everyone to contribute original drawings to celebrate this anniversary.  Drawings could be a tree outside your window, your keys, a parking meter, or a family member’s face. One of the possible public displays includes a community art installation at the Massachusetts State House this May.  See the attached flyer for all the details!

Who can participate in Drawing Act 150?

Everyone! We welcome submissions from anyone across Massachusetts. Please note, The Drawing Act Coalition is requesting that submissions be sent in digitally (photograph of the work or digital drawing) instead of mailed in.

Deadline and More Information

The submission deadline for drawings is currently April 29. See the attached flyer for more information.

Questions? Email DrawingAct@MassArt.edu

Upcoming Exhibit Opportunities for Art Educators

MAEA is excited to share that there are a number of exhibit opportunities for art educators across the state. The Davis Art Gallery in Worcester and Montserrat Galleries in Beverly have recently put out a call for entry. Please check the exhibit opportunities page on the MAEA website for all the  details.

If you know of an exhibit opportunity for art educators please share this opportunity with webmaster@massarted.com to post.

Upcoming Exhibit Opportunities – Celebrating the Drawing Act

MAEA is happy to partner with the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MassCreative, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Massachusetts Legislature to bring you two exhibit opportunities to celebrate the 150 anniversary of the Drawing Act of 1870.

150 years ago, on May 16, 1870, Massachusetts passed An Act relating to free instruction in drawing, which has become known as the Drawing Act of 1870. This was the first law in the nation requiring drawing to be taught in public schools and communities, passed by our own Massachusetts legislature!

There are two exhibit opportunities to celebrate the 150 Anniversary of the Drawing Act – see below for all the details! 

Drawing at School: 1870-2020 – Exhibit at the Second Floor Atrium Gallery at the State Transportation Building, Boston. Sponsored by MAEA. Deadline to register April 10, 2020. Learn more.

Drawing Act 150 – Exhibit at the Massachusetts State House sponsored by the Drawing Act Coalition. Drawings must be received by 5pm on April 29,
2020. Learn more. 

 

Upcoming Exhibit Opportunities – Celebrating the Drawing Act

MAEA is happy to partner with the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MassCreative, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Massachusetts Legislature to bring you two exhibit opportunities to celebrate the 150 anniversary of the Drawing Act of 1870.

150 years ago, on May 16, 1870, Massachusetts passed An Act relating to free instruction in drawing, which has become known as the Drawing Act of 1870. This was the first law in the nation requiring drawing to be taught in public schools and communities, passed by our own Massachusetts legislature!

More information will be coming soon for both exhibit opportunities. Be on the look out for details for the MAEA sponsored drawing exhibit at our 2nd floor atrium gallery at the State Transportation Building in Boston going up late April, as well as the exhibit Drawing Act 150 sponsored by the Drawing Act Coalition, which will be on display at the Massachusetts State House.

MAEA Recognitions Exhibit Logo

2020 MAEA Recognitions Exhibit

Congratulations to all the artists with work accepted into the MAEA Recognitions exhibit and to the award winners! Please join us for a Family Celebration on Sunday March 1 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. The exhibit is on view at the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA. Click through to learn more about the exhibit, view the award winners, and web gallery.

A huge thank you to Davis Publications and Sargent Art for sponsoring awards for this Youth Art Month exhibit. Also thank you to the many volunteers who have helped make this exhibit happen.

Poster for 2020 MAEA Recognitions Exhibit

MAEA Recognitions Exhibit Logo

Registration Open: MASSACHUSETTS AMAZING EMERGING ARTISTS EXHIBITION

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOVEMBER 13 – DECEMBER 6, 2019!

MAEA is sponsoring a juried art exhibit for high school students, grades 9 – 12, open to MAEA members only. Entries reflect original artwork from students in public and private schools. The exhibition will coincide with the Youth Art Month exhibit at the Massachusetts Transportation Building with an awards ceremony on March 1, 2020. To learn more and register your students for the Massachusetts Amazing Emerging Artists High School Recognition Exhibit click here.

NAHS @ Montserrat College of Art – Reception This Saturday

Thank you to all the NAHS chapter sponsors who prepped work and have dropped it off or mailed it in for the NAHS exhibit Open Perspectives in conjunction with the MAEA conference New Perspectives in Art Education at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly.

If you plan to attend the exhibit reception on November 9 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, please RSVP today. The exhibit and reception will be held in the 2nd Floor of the Hardie Building, 23 Essex Street, Beverly MA 01915.

MAEA Conference attendees do not have to register with the link above, but instead just select the NAHS exhibit reception as a session in the conference schedule.

This exhibit includes student artists from Andover High School, Beverly High School, Braintree High School, Falmouth High School, Fairhaven High School, Franklin High School, Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, Lowell Catholic High School, Manchester Essex Regional HS, Marblehead High School, Needham High School, Revere High School, Shepherd Hill Regional High School, Somerville High School.

Youth Art Month Statewide Exhibit

Make sure you are a part of our 2020 statewide Youth Art Month exhibit, where we will honor Massachusetts artists in grades k-12 and celebrate quality art education at the State Transportation Building in Boston.

Important Dates

Registration Open – Nov 13 – Dec 20, 2019
Exhibit Open – Feb 10 – Mar 26, 2020

Don’t forget you can also celebrate Youth Art Month in your school, with your district, and at a regional exhibit near you. Start your YAM planning for a school or district event with this quick start guide from the Council for Art Education.

If you’d like to get involved and help with planning the statewide YAM exhibit please email Eleena Rioux at youthartmonth@massarted.com.