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Visionary Art 2009

July 6 - August 7, 2009
Youth Art Gallery

"Visionary Art 2009," a touring emerging artist exhibit sponsored by VSA arts of Michigan, is now on display at the MSU Museum's Youth Art Gallery until Sept. 4. The juried exhibit features 41 works created by artists of all ages from across Michigan, selected from almost 170 entries. Subjects include natural history and wildlife, home and family, the homeless, and portraits of people and pets. Image on the right is by by Denise Quile (Grand Rapids).

"This exhibit promotes the creative power in people with disabilities," explains Julie A. Avery, MSU Museum acting director and a member of the VSA arts of Michigan advisory council. "I never cease to be awed and inspired by the powerful artwork featured in these exhibits year after year."

VSA arts of Michigan (VSA-MI) is a member of the international network of VSA arts, an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. VSA arts was founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith, and has as been designated by the U.S. Congress as the nation's coordinating agency for arts programs for people with disabilities. Over five million people participate in VSA arts programs every year through a network of affiliates throughout the United States, and in over 60 countries worldwide.

The MSU Museum's Youth Art Gallery provides an opportunity to explore, study, and express the natural and cultural diversity of the world. Artwork displayed reflects museum themes and exhibits, and recent projects have featured students' drawings, paintings, collages, and puppet creations. Image on the left is by Aaron Blackwell (Pontiac).

For more information on current exhibits and programs, please contact the MSU Museum at 517-355-2370 or visit www.museum.msu.edu. The MSU Museum is open seven days a week free of charge (donations are encouraged). The museum is located on West Circle Drive next to Beaumont Tower on the MSU campus and is accessible to persons with disabilities. Hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Visitor parking is available in front of the building and at metered spaces at the Grand River Ramp, one block away at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Charles Street.