Student Artists:  Malik Adamson, Kirby Allen, Peggy Aw, Dwight Baca, Adam Burns, Jiamin Chen, Kena Daley, Keianna Green, Shauntell Jennings, Isaiah Johnson, Fray Lewis, Flora Li, Sarah Lo, Krystal Maldonado, Maikel Noyer-Deviez, Christina Ogbotiti, Aryanna Osorio, Brandon Ramirez, Ronisha Robbins, Dayalin Suriel, Julissa Williams, Clarence Wright, Cassandra Zorrilla

Artist Mentors:  Sonya Blesofsky, Michael Paul Britto, Graciela Fuentes, Susan Graham, Simon Lee, Marci MacGuffie, Cheryl Molnar, Rachelle Mozman, Jessica Ann Peavy, Sage & Coombe Architects (Andrew Kao and Julia Tate), Phillip Shung, Tara St. James, Eve Sussman  

This exhibition presents the work of 23 students who participated in the 2011-2012 session of Art Ready. Working one-on-one with professional painters, architects, installation artists, jewelry and fashion designers, graphic designers, video artists, and photographers, the student artists created an impressive range of work in a variety of media. This includes: digitally-manipulated self-portrait photos; videos addressing themes of identity and community; articles of clothing made with recycled materials; and paintings, drawings, and animations of both still lives from nature and characters from the imagination. Two students worked with a jewelry designer to create original necklaces, two collaborated with professional architects on an installation made entirely of paper cups, and another pair worked with commercial graphic designers on their own teen magazine.

Visit our blog at to see students' work for the exhibition in progress!


2012 Art Ready Video

(more coming soon!)

The Fight by Christina Ogbotiti

Assisted by Cheryl Molnar

Abstraction of a Reality by Dayalin Suriel

Assisted by mentor Michael Paul Britto



Art Ready is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and New York City Council Member Stephen Levin, and with generous support from the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and Smack Mellon’s Members.
Space for Smack Mellon’s programs is generously provided by the Walentas Family and Two Trees Management.


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