The Kimbell Art Museum announced today that it will showcase art by Fort Worth ISD high school students inspired by the current exhibition Murillo: From Heaven to Earth. The “Student Showcase”—which can be viewed in the Piano Pavilion from January 6 through January 29, 2023, the closing day of the Murillo exhibition—is an installation of more than 60 selected paintings by student artists representing Amon Carter-Riverside High School, Arlington Heights High School, Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School, Trimble Tech High School, Western Hills High School and Young Women’s Leadership Academy.
All featured student artworks were created at the Kimbell during workshops that explored how Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682) painted everyday life in 17th-century Seville. This fall, more than 150 FWISD students participated in group discussions, sketched in the exhibition galleries and created acrylic paintings that represent their perspectives on the people and places that make their communities special.
“Studio-art workshops for high school students have been integral to the Kimbell’s education programming from the beginning,” states Connie Barganier, head of education at the Kimbell. “On the occasion of the museum’s 50th anniversary, we are delighted to celebrate the vision and unique talents of participating students and to express our gratitude for longstanding partnerships with Fort Worth ISD and Imagination Fort Worth.”
The Kimbell will host a reception to inaugurate the Student Showcase on Friday, January 6, 5–6:30 p.m. Brief remarks begin at 5:30 p.m. Souvenir brochures include reproductions of featured paintings with artists’ statements. An online showcase will feature images of all student artworks and photographs taken during the workshops.
"When pondering a 33-year partnership with the world-class Kimbell Art Museum and the wonderfully diverse Fort Worth ISD, Imagination Fort Worth (formerly Imagination Celebration of Fort Worth) remains in awe of the exceptional experiences that opened young minds, ignited their imaginations, enriched learning across curriculums and sparked some joy,” said Lauri McKay Bevan, Executive Director, Imagination Fort Worth.
Admission to the Student Showcase is free. This program was made possible in part by funding from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Admission to the museum’s permanent collection is always free. Admission is half-price all day on Tuesdays and after 5 p.m. on Fridays.
The Kimbell Art Museum is open Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fridays, noon–8 p.m.; Sundays, noon–5 p.m.; closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For general information, call 817-332-8451.