In its 14th year, JumpStart is a highly regarded summer arts program that offers experiences in visual art, music, dance, weaving and drama to under-served children in the community.
Panel of experts: Patricia Meadows, Jed Morse, John Pomara, Amy Darrow and Cris Worley
Patricia Meadows is best known for her support of regional artists. She was co-founder of Dallas Visual Art Center and co-founder of the Emergency Artists’ Support League. She has been listed in “Who’s Who in American Art” since 1984 and served as president of the Dallas Art Dealers Associate. She served four years on the Dallas Museum of Art’s Acquisition Committee and on the board of the Dallas Arts District Management Association and the Mid-American Arts Alliance in Kansas City, MO.
Jed Morse joined the staff of the Nasher Sculpture Center in 2002 as Assistant Curator where he has organized, overseen, or assisted with numerous exhibitions, including Rodin to Calder: Masterworks of Modern Sculpture from the Nasher Collection (2003); Picasso: The Cubist Portraits of Fernande Olivier (2004); Medardo Rosso: Second Impressions (2004); Bodies Past and Present: The Figurative Tradition in the Nasher Collection (2004); an exhibition and corresponding international conference entitled Variable States: Appearance, Intention, and Interpretation in Modern Sculpture (2004); Frank Stella: Painting in Three Dimensions (2005); David Smith: Drawing and Sculpting (2005); Minimalism in the Nasher Collection (2005); The Women of Giacometti (2006); On Tour with Renzo Piano: Selected Projects from the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (2006) and more.
John Pomara is a Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Dallas. John Pomara's teaching and research are on the visual arts with a focus on current theoretical concerns of contemporary art and culture. His own research the past few years has focused primarily on issues addressing the current state of painting and picture making with the rise of new media and digital technology. Pomara explores and formats computer stenciling of magnified digital images. These pictorial distortions are then painted in an analog fashion, pulling industrial enamel paints across aluminum surfaces.
Amy Darrow has been passionate about art since she was a child. It is a passion that she now shares with her husband. Together they have amassed a collection of modern art that focuses on local or Texas artists. “When I began purchasing art I found that I wanted to buy everything. After attending a discussion on art collecting, I decided to narrow my focus on Texas artists. In that way I could both support my local art community and fulfill my other criteria of meeting and liking the artist as well as having them in our home for dinner.”
Cris Worley is a graduate of the University of the South with a BA in Art History, and Southern Methodist University with a master’s degree in Art History. She owns and operates Cris Worley Fine Arts, an art advisory firm and gallery dedicated to providing clients with the finest consulting services and to building the careers of artists of distinction.
Bengali painter Bireswar Sen's highly regarded miniatures measure only a few inches, but the artwork shows infinite distances as well as lofty Himalayan snow peaks. Born in Calcutta in 1897, Sen grew up during a renaissance in the arts. He found inspiration in many areas, including the newly founded Bengal School of painting, a devotion to the Great Goddess and a natural tendency to be immersed in nature. On tiny sheets of paper, using the wash technique that he knew well from Bengal, Sen created paintings that portray an almost unattainable intersection between the intimate and the infinite.
JumpStart for Arts is a free summer program specifically designed for children who might not have the opportunity to attend a summer camp or an after school arts lesson. Through JumpStart we offer Art, Dance, Music and Drama to children 8 – 15 years old. This unique program is sponsored by a grant from the City of Plano. To enroll in JumpStart or to find out more information please call 972-423-7809 or pick up an enrollment form at the ArtCentre of Plano (available in Spring)