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STUDENT ART FESTIVAL: ECO VS EGO

Fridays – Mondays, noon – 5 pm, through Jan. 1, 1970;
Free

Saturday, January 20 February 26, 2024

STUDENT ART FESTIVAL: ECO vs EGO

2022-2024: SAF In-School Artist-in-Residence Program

January 20 – February 26, 2024: Student Art Festival Exhibition & Public Programs

What provides humans with what we need to thrive? Eco.  What sustains us physically and mentally?  Eco. What is the fabric that weaves everything on earth into one magical whole?  ECO!

 Why do humans risk their future in order to set themselves apart from nature?  Ego.
 What makes us think we are different from all other life forms?  Ego.
 What gives us the right to take from the earth as if it all belongs to us?  EGO!

-Edwina von Gal

Student Art Festival: Eco vs Ego explores our symbiotic relationship with nature. Led by landscape designer and guest Thought-Leader, Edwina von Gal,  the Student Art Festival (SAF): Eco vs Ego asks students, school teachers, and artists to delve into topics such as Needs/Survival: Shelter, Food, Water; Infrastructure & Growth; Anthropomorphism & Symbolism; and Biophilia, through the practice of art, design, horticulture, and performance.

Core to the Festival, is the SAF In-School Artist-in-Residence program (SAF AIR). SAF AIR began in 2021 with 6 local artists helping over 150 students in 5 different schools to create work for the 2021 SAF: Past-Present-Future. The program has grown in 2022 to 23 artists working with all 14 participating schools to research, experiment, and produce works throughout the 2022-2023 school years, culminating in a Festival of exhibitions and performances in January and February 2024.

SAF AIRs include: Pamella Allen (Interdisciplinary Artist & Educator), Keren Anavy (Visual Artist), Cliff Baldwin (Musical Artist), Sean Barret (Montauk Seaweed Supply Co.), Darlene Charneco (Visual Artist), Viv Corringham (Vocalist & Sound Artist), Andrea Cote (Multi-disciplinary Artist), Lionel Cruet (Multi-media Installation Artist), Mare Dianora (Interdisciplinary Artist), Denise Silva-Dennis (Artist & Educator), Jeremy Dennis (Fine Art Photographer), Courtney Garneau (Surfrider Foundation), Brianna Hernandez (Interdisciplinary Artist & Educator), Matthew Jensen (Conceptual Landscape Artist & Photographer), Liz Joyce (Puppeteer), Laurie Lambrecht (Visual Artist), Brett Loving (Excavator Artist), Tucker Marder (Interdisciplinary Artist & Landscape Designer), Cheryl Molnar (Visual Artist), Mamoun Nukumanu (Artist & Bio Art Designer), Jody Oberfelder (Director, Choreographer & Filmmaker), Beau Bree Rhee (Visual Artist & Choreographer), Alexandra Talty (Journalist & Reporter), & Rosario Varela (Abstract Landscape Artist).

In addition to the SAF AIR, Guild Hall has also partnered with several neighboring non-profits who share and consistently act-upon the values within this year’s theme, Eco vs Ego. Each organization will take part in the SAF AIR program by either working in-school with an SAF AIR, or welcoming the SAF AIR and their assigned schools for a field trip on their site. Partnering organizations include: Ma’s House & BIPOC Artist Studio, Peconic Land Trust, Montauk Seaweed Supply Company, Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program, Surfrider Eastern Long Island, Folly Tree Arboretum, and Project MOST. As the program develops throughout 2022-2024, Guild Hall’s Learning + Public Engagement department (L+PE) will present several showcases and public programs with Thought-Leader, Edwina von Gal, to platform the creativity and partnership of our students, schoolteachers, and SAF AIRs, all building up to the Festival in January and February 2024.

Through the Student Art Festival, Guild Hall provides opportunity and a platform for all involved to “think like an artist.” By pairing East End artists with local schools, we invest in the local creative economy, encourage the next generation of creative thinkers, and in reference to Guild Hall’s founding mission, to be “a gathering place for community where an appreciation for the arts would serve to encourage greater civic participation,” connect the tenets of creative production to civic action.

EVENT SPONSORS

LEAD SPONSORS: THE HEARTHLAND FOUNDATION, AND MILTON AND SALLY AVERY ARTS FOUNDATION
CO-LEAD: LYNN AND BRUCE SURRY, AND NEDA YOUNG
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT: NINA GILLMAN 

THIS PROJECT IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.

GUILD HALL’S LEARNING + PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR AND THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE. ADDITIONAL MAJOR SUPPORT COMES FROM THE PATTI KENNER ARTS EDUCATION FELLOWSHIP, THE HEARTHLAND FOUNDATION, THE LEWIS B. AND DOROTHY CULLMAN ENDOWMENT FUND, AND THE MELVILLE STRAUS FAMILY ENDOWMENT.

Pictured: Artist Pamella Allen, Student Art Festival. Credit: Joe Brondo for Guild Hall

Location:

158 Main St
East Hampton, NY 11937 United States