Parrish Art Museum Celebrates 1,000 Young Artists

Alexis Rockman, artist, with his work.
Alexis Rockman, artist, with his work. Photo credit: Daniel Gonzalez

The Parrish Art Museum is holding its annual Student Exhibition, on display between January 30 and February 28, this year featuring a new artist-in-residency: world-renowned artist Alexis Rockman.

More than 1,000 young artists from 38 Eastern Long Island private, public and home schools will get to enjoy the experience of seeing their work displayed in a museum setting, and in addition to the nearly 300 works produced by the students at their schools, the exhibition features additional pieces by more than 400 students who participated in the hands-on workshops at the Parrish with Rockman.

The Student Exhibition at Parrish is a 60-year-old tradition that celebrates youthful imagination and creativity. “Each year, the Parrish looks forward to the enthusiasm for art making and the creativity expressed in the Student Exhibition. That energy is amplified this year by Alexis Rockman,” said Parrish Director Terrie Sultan. The students will demonstrate their imagination and skill in a multitude of media such as painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and costume design, showcasing their accomplishments in their respective schools.

“The Parrish’s annual Student Exhibition is inspiring to everyone who visits the museum, and generates tremendous enthusiasm from participating teachers, students, and their parents,” said Parrish Education Director Cara Conklin-Wingfield. Elementary and middle schools enter group projects for the exhibition, while high school artists are represented by both individual works and collaborative projects.

Neill Slaughter, an artist and professor of Visual Art at Long Island University, will present awards to recognize select high school seniors for their excellent talent, and honors will be given to underclassmen who show exceptional skill as well.

The Parrish Art Museum can be found at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. Admission is free on Wednesdays for everyone, and every day for museum members, students with ID, children under 18, and the families of participating artists. Admission is typically $10 for adults and $8 for seniors. The museum is open six days a week and closed on Tuesdays. For specific museum hours, visit for more info.

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