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Geeta Dave, “Power of Intuition,” 2018, acrylic, 30 x 30 in.

“Artists and Mentors” is a group exhibition on view at The Painting Center (New York City) featuring twelve painters who also teach and inspire students in the classroom. Golden Artist Colors began working with the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers nearly five years ago with an objective to recognize and showcase the talent of artists across the U.S. who have also been recognized as mentors of their students — youth who recently received awards through Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Annually since 2015, Golden has supported the opportunity for three visual arts educators — chosen in conjunction with the Alliance and the National Art Education Association — to take part in a two-week residency at the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation Residency Program, located just down the road from Golden Artist Colors in upstate New York.

Artists featured in the exhibition are Isaac AlaridPease, NM; Rebecca Buchanan, OR; Jessica Clark, NC; Geeta Dave, LA; Cristina Gonzalez, NM; Jeffrey Deane Hall, VA; Lucy Harackiewicz, MA; Kevin Kelly, KS; Claire Lerner, CA; Brian Payne, OK; Elizabeth Stainton, NY; and Bryan Wilson, NC.

“What is exceptionally clear is that art teachers with a continuing artistic practice inspire students to achieve well beyond what the typical art student is able to accomplish,” said Golden CEO Mark Golden. “These teachers who have been honored with a residency all have teaching credentials that would be the envy of any school. ‘Artists & Mentors’ seeks to honor these teaching artists with the recognition that their work deserves. It is no small feat to both teach a full-time schedule in our schools and carry on a studio practice. The show, curated by Jim Walsh, and with support from The Painting Center, allows us to share the talent of these amazing artists and educators.”

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Bryan Wilson, “Naturally Speaking: Doll Test Redux,” 2016, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in.
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Cristina Gonzalez, “Amate Tumble,” 2018, acrylic, ink, graphite on Amate, 18.75 x 26.25 in.
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Elizabeth Stainton, “Prospect,” 2017, oil and metallic leaf on panel, 20 x 20 in.
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Brian Payne, “Caeruleum Vir,” 2016, oil and collage on masonite, 24 x 16 in.

“Artists & Mentors” is on view September 4–29, 2018. For more information, please visit

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