Joint Exhibit of Student-Run Creative Studios shows at Judson Gallery in Highland Park
Unique exhibit asks
“How Old Do You Have to be to be an Artist?”
SATURDAY, MARCH 13TH, 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Students of ROOM 13, an international network of student-operated art studios will show work at The Judson Studios Gallery as part of NELA Art Night. Three ROOM 13 studios, including James Foshay Learning Center in South Los Angeles, Eliot Middle School in Altadena, and Marjorie Street in South Bay, will showcase paintings, drawings, sculptures, mixed media, assemblage, mural art and animation at this collaborative art installation. The Judson Studios, an internationally known stained glass maker run by five generations of family members, was also the first home to the USC School of Fine Arts until 1920.
Room 13 originated in Caol, Scotland in 1994 and has grown into an international network of student-designed and operated creative studios. It now provides learning and business enterprise skills to students in Scotland, Britain, Nepal, India and South Africa, and is currently expanding to Mexico, Turkey, China and Austria. The director of the Tate Galleries has called Room 13 “the most important model for artistic teaching in school that we have in the UK.”
In 2008, Light Bringer Project, a nonprofit arts provider, engaged with the program’s international trustees and decided to take advantage of this opportunity for our own public school children. Partnering with Project Design Studio, the organization launched the first ROOM 13 in America at James Foshay Learning Center in South Los Angeles. They proceeded to found ROOM 13 at Eliot Middle School in Altadena. The third, and most recent model, ROOM 13 at Marjorie Street, was formed early this year in the South Bay vicinity.
Like its peers, each creative studio operates as a physical space flourishing within a public school or community setting and is solely managed by the students. ROOM 13 is dedicated to proving the worth of the individual with with the support and mentorship of school staff and community members. Facilitated by an artist-in-residence, also from the community, students work in teams, as partners or alone, determining the scope and content of their own creative projects. ROOM 13 artists also learn self-reliance by designing a business model that will sustain their own studio operation. TBWA\Chiat\Day advertising has also provided support of the ROOM 13 network through the contributed help of its creative professionals.
WHAT: ROOM 13 JOINT EXHIBITION
WHERE: THE JUDSON STUDIOS GALLERY
200 So. Avenue 66
Los Angeles, CA 90042
WHEN: SATURDAY, MARCH 13TH , 6:00PM~9:00pm
Proceeds from the sale of artworks
will benefit ROOM 13 studios.