Matthew Dehaemers
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"Students for Students"
A celebration and mentorship in the visual arts.
Saturday October 6, 2001.  100 block of State Street, Madison Wisconsin.
Approximately thirteen high schools, thirty graduate and undergraduate students mentoring, seventy high school students, and art teachers participated.
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Birds eye view of artist at work!
Spin-off of an ancient cave painting in France.
Mural design is a collaborative effort!

Students for Students in the Visual Arts

October 6, 2001

100 block of State Street--Madison, Wisconsin

On this cold October morning a year's worth of planning pulled off a new outreach event between the University of Wisconsin undergraduate/graduate art students and local/rural high school art students.  This event originated from the collaboration of three graduate students--Matthew Dehaemers, Ryan Varley and Natalie Larson.  The grant for this program was awarded funding in January of 2001 by the University of Wisconsin Kemper Knapp Bequest Committee.  All logistical and organizational aspects of this event were orchestrated by these three individuals. 13 high schools from Madison and surrounding areas participated.  Participants not only included the high school students but their art teachers as well.

The one day collaboration started at the downtown Orpheum Theatre with an amazing welcome and presentation by six graduate students and one undergraduate student coming from various areas in the art department including printmaking, painting, mixed media, sculpture, woodworking and ceramics.  The Chair of the University of Wisconsin Art Department, Jim Escalante offered some words of encouragement to our artist of the future.  Each of the seven students shared their experiences of how they arrived at making the art field a career choice.  They shared their experiences through personal stories and slides of their own work.  There was an opportunity afterward for high school students to ask questions.

Promptly, after the program end at the Orpheum Theatre all participants walked up to the first block of State Street where the high school students and their art teachers were paired up with graduate and undergraduate art student mentors.  Each school created one or two twenty by ten foot murals on the street in front of the capitol building.  The grant provided high quality chalk pastels from Koss International, Pizza from Pizza Pit and soft drinks donated from Pepsi.  Each high school student participating in the Chalk mural event received a ten dollar gift certificate from the ArtMart art store on the 200 block of State Street.  Each mentor and high school art teacher received an originally designed Students for Students T-shirt.  Crowds of people looked on as these high school art students had their day in the artistic spotlight of Madison.  In all approximately 120 people participated in this worthwhile event.  From noon until four in the afternoon each school and their mentors worked to create twenty incredible masterpieces.  Subject matter ranged from commemorations of the September 11th tragedy to collaging parts of famous works of art or creating new twists off of old masterpieces.  The event was covered the weeks leading up to the event by the city newspapers and news stations.  Street painting has a rich history and tradition that dates back to the 15th century in Italy.  Temporary images were rendered by arts in the streets relating to religious iconography.  In a sense this form of art making is a performance art.  The excitement and purpose is in the act of creating these uniquely original and ephemeral works of art that will only survive in the memory of the artists and spectators.  This event also created a distinction between our societies sense of graffitti (which is usually associated with our youth culture) and something that can be appreciated as a beautiful art form by our teens.

Our mission was to encourage among high school students continued interest, artistic collaboration, and creative learning through visual art.  Students for Students provides an opportunity for youth to be exposed to the visual arts through the university, the museums, and the professional arts community.  This creative venue facilitates positive interaction between high school students with university mentors (undergraduate, graduate and faculty).

Because of the success of Students for Students in its first year, it has been recently awarded funding to take place again during the next year.  We hope to have started a program which will continue to have it legacy and tradition as a catalyst for promoting the positive artistic talent of our teenage youth. 

I would like to express my deep appreciation for the hardwork and dedication of all the university students, high school students, teachers, and university faculty who helped make this event a proven success.  I would also like to think all the business and media who helped promote the positive nature of this project.


Matthew Dehaemers