Descanso Gardens presents “Inspired Edo: 50 finalists of national students art competition” from July 6-29

Inspired by Edo, National Student Art Competition Finalist, Grade 11, Arkansas

Descanso Gardens presents the Inspired by Edo exhibition at the Boddy House features the drawings and paintings of the 50 finalists from July 6–28.

Boddy House tickets are included with admission (adults for $15)  or membership.
Descanso is open every day of the year except December 25. Current day time hours are 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Boddy House hours are 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011.

Edo was a remarkable period in Japanese history (1603-1868) when artists broke from tradition and experimented with asymmetry, abstraction, stylization, and empty space to depict the natural world.

These artists set the stage for modern art through their innovative, open-hearted depictions.

Inspired by Edo 2024 is a national art competition based on the Smithsonian’s Investigating Japan’s Edo Avant Garde curriculum which engages students in grades 1-12 in non-Western art.

Participants also took inspiration from the documentary film, Edo Avant Garde by Linda Hoaglund.

Students submitted original artwork depicting natural creatures with distinctive, often playful personalities.