STUDENT ART FESTIVAL: Eco vs Ego - Guild Hall
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Saturday, January 20 - Mon, February 26
158 Main Street
East Hampton, NY 11937 United States


The 2024 Student Art Festival: Eco vs Ego explores our symbiotic relationship with nature. Inspired by guest thought-leader Edwina von Gal, the festival asks students, schoolteachers, and artists to delve into topics such as needs and survival, infrastructure, and growth; anthropomorphism and symbolism, and biophilia through the practices of art, design, horticulture, and performance.

Core to the festival is the Student Art Festival (SAF) In-School Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program. The program has engaged 20 artists working within 15 participating schools to create new works over two academic years, culminating in exhibitions and performances.

SAF AiRs & Participating Schools include Pamella Allen & Springs School; Keren Anavy & Amagansett School; Darlene Charneco & Bridgehampton School; Viv Corringham & Springs School; Andrea Cote & The Bridgehampton Childcare & Recreation Center; Lionel Cruet & the Guild Hall Teen Arts Council; Mare Dianora & Bridgehampton School; Denise Silva-Dennis & Pierson Middle-High School; Jeremy Dennis & East Hampton High School; Brianna Hernandez & East Hampton High School; Liz Joyce with Wainscott & Sagaponack Schools; Laurie Lambrecht and Westhampton Beach Elementary School; Brett Loving & Project Most; Anthony Madonna & John Marshall Elementary School; Cheryl Molnar & Shelter Island School; Jody Oberfelder & Our Fabulous Variety Show; Beau Bree Rhee & East Hampton High School; Steven Sergiovanni & the Guild Hall Teen Arts Council; Alexandra Talty & Bridgehampton School; Rosario Varela & East Hampton Middle School.

Join us at the events below to celebrate & learn more about the Student Art Festival: Eco vs Ego:

Saturday, January 20, 12 – 2 pm: Opening Celebration
Friday, January 26, 12 – 1 pm: Lunch Break
Saturday, January 27, 12 – 1 pm: Family Tour + Workshop
Monday, January 29, 6 – 7:30 pm: Creative Lab: Lionel Cruet
Saturday, February 10, 3 – 4pm: Student Performance: Viv Corringham + Springs School
Monday, February 12, 6 – 7:30 pm: Creative Lab: Liz Joyce
Friday, February 16, 12 – 1 pm: Lunch Break
Saturday, February 17, 12 – 1 pm: Family Tour + Workshop

  • Edwina von Gal

    Edwina von Gal is the Founder and Board Chair of Perfect Earth Project.

    Principal of her eponymous landscape design firm since 1984, Edwina creates landscapes with a focus on simplicity and sustainability for private and public clients around the world. Her work has been published in many major publications, and her book "Fresh Cuts" won the Quill and Trowel award for garden writing in 1998. She has served on boards and committees for a number of horticultural organizations, and is currently on the board of What Is Missing, Maya Lin’s multifaceted media artwork about the loss of biodiversity.

    In 2013, Edwina founded the Perfect Earth Project to promote toxin-free landscapes for the health of people, their pets, and the planet. She is the 2017 recipient of Guild Hall's Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for the Visual Arts. In 2018 she received the NY School of Interior Design’s Green Design Award and The Isamu Noguchi Award. Photo credit for Edwina’s headshot: Inez and Vinoodh

    Photo: Inez and Vinoodh

Event Sponsors

Lead Sponsor: Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and an anonymous donor  
Co-Lead: Lynn and Bruce Surry, and Neda Young 
Additional Support: Nina Gillman 

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Guild Hall’s Learning + New Works programs are made possible through The Patti Kenner Arts Education Fellowship, the Glickberg/Abrahams S.Kutler Foundation, Stephanie Joyce & Jim Vos, the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Endowment Fund, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment. 

Museum programs are supported by Crozier Fine Arts and funding from The Michael Lynne Museum Endowment and The Melville Straus Family Endowment. 

Free Gallery admission is sponsored, in part, by Landscape Details.

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