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ACCESS/PRINT + LOOK/SEE Student Exhibition

ON VIEW: APRIL 6, 2018 – MAY 5, 2018

We are proud to announce our upcoming ACCESS/PRINT and LOOK/SEE Annual Student Exhibition. This exhibition will showcase artwork created by teen artists who participated in our Access/Print program, as well as prints created by K-12 students who visited Highpoint in 2017 and 2018. The public is invited to a free opening reception on Friday, April 6 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.

2017/2018 A/P Participants

Access/Print is a free mentorship program that hosts 8-10 outstanding teen artists each school year. Teens receive over 70 hours of studio access and instruction in the printmaking arts to create a body of print work, which is exhibited in Highpoint’s galleries upon the conclusion of the program. Fall 2017 artists: Alyson Akers, Graham Anderson, Sierra Pini, Sophia Liang Spring 2018 artists: Alessandra Rake, Heidi Ahrenholtz, Mae Boda, Maggie Wiebe, Skyler Carlson

The Look/See portion of the exhibition features relief, drypoint, monotype, and screenprints made by Highpoint’s school aged visitors during 2017-2018. Participating schools include: Belle Plaine Junior and Senior High schools, Chaska High School, Discovery Charter, Franklin Middle School, Minneapolis Kids Barton, Orono High School, School of Environmental Studies, and Southwest High School.

A/P Participant Bios

Fall 2017

Aly Akers is a high school senior at Perpich Arts High School. She is planning to attend a fine arts college next fall. Besides printmaking she enjoys other mediums such as sculpture and installation.

Graham Anderson is a senior in high school at Eagle Ridge Academy. He loves movies as well as making art. For as long as he can remember those have been his passions, and hopes to one day work with art for film.

Sophia Liang is a senior at De La Salle High School and loves art. This is her first experience with printmaking. She also loves to read, hangout with friends, and ride horses.

Sierra Pini is a senior at Perpich Center for Arts Education. She is planning to study visual communication at the University of the Arts London next fall. Besides printmaking, her interests include writing, film-making, cooking, and dogs.

Spring 2018

Heidi Ahrenholtz is a senior currently attending Minnetonka High School. After graduation this year, she will be going to the University of Manitoba, and plans to study either fine arts or biology. She has always been passionate about creating art; through both playing music and creating visual pieces. In the past, she has mainly drawn, but recently discovered printing. When discussing the medium with others she heard about Highpoint, and soon after, the Access/Print Program. When accepted, she has continued to hone her skills as an artist and as a printer.

Mae Boda is 17 and a senior at Washburn High School, but also takes classes at the U of M. Next year, she will be heading to New York to go to Vassar College. She loves Minneapolis, and will miss it alot. Aside from school, she plays the viola, works at a restaurant, and creates things.

Skyler Carlson is an 18 year old artist, and a senior at Osseo Senior High. She uses inspiration from music and her life experiences to express her thoughts and ideas visually. Besides drawing traditionally and digitally she also enjoys spray painting and animating. She loves connection with people through art, and strives to improve everyday.

Ali Rake is a junior at Visitation School in Mendota Heights. She enjoys being with friends, and has a particular love for art. She draws most of her inspiration from friends, music, and experiences.

Maggie Wiebe is a senior at Perpich Center for Arts Education. As an artist and as someone who likes to learn, she is fascinated by process and patterns. This translates into a love of printmaking and natural sciences, both of which she hopes to continue learning about.


Highpoint’s education programs are funded, in part, by grants from: Aroha Philanthropies, Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts, The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation, The Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation, HRK Foundation, The Longview Foundation, Martin and Brown Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Mersky Family Foundation, David and Leni Moore Family Foundation, Peregrine Capital Management LLC, R.E. Swager Family Foundation, Target, The James R. Thorpe Foundation, Greystone FoundationMinnesota State Arts Board, and many generous individuals. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board operating support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.