The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art continues its longtime partnership with Hartford Public Schools to present the 43rd annual Hartford Youth Art Renaissance. From Sat., April 30 to Sun., May 29, 2016, approximately 100 exemplary works of art created by students in kindergarten through grade 12 will be displayed at the museum. A mobile tour of select students’ reflections on their artworks will accompany the installations. Works of art may be previewed online at

On Sat., May 21, the museum hosted an award ceremony and reception to honor all student-artists, their families, and art teachers. Two Hartford high school students who have demonstrated exceptional creative talents in the exhibition’s portfolio division will receive scholarships to attend the Hartford Art School’s “Summer Portfolio Program,” a month-long experience of diverse studio course offerings and associated visits to the museum designed to further develop student portfolios for college admissions.

To view a slideshow from the day's event, click here.

The Wadsworth Atheneum has presented the Hartford Youth Art Renaissance in collaboration with Hartford Public Schools since 1980, and continues to foster future artistic leaders as part of the museum’s Community Engagement Initiative, launched in 2008 with the goal of providing greater community access to the museum.

About the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Founded in 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest public art museum in the United States. The museum’s nearly 50,000 works of art span 5,000 years, from Greek and Roman antiquities to the first museum collection of American contemporary art. The museum is located at 600 Main Street in Hartford, Conn. Since 2010 the museum has been undergoing a major, $33 million renovation, slated to be complete 2015. Hours: Wed–Fri: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat and Sun: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; First Thursdays: 11 a.m.–8 p.m. [JM1] Admission: $5–$15; discounts for members, students, and seniors; All youth under age 18 receive free admission year-round. Phone: (860) 278-2670; website:

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