-- Queens College Will Host Exhibition of Selected Art Work Produced by Local Students and Their Teachers, the Culmination of a Juried Competition with Queens Museum of Art --
FLUSHING, NY, APRIL 11, 2011 –t Looking to find the next Pablo Picasso, Michelangelo or Georgia O’Keefe? They just might be represented at “Queens: Multiple Visions II” -- an exhibition of 18 selected works of art by students and their teachers from eight different elementary, intermediate and high schools in the borough – which will be on view at Queens College from April 14, 2011 through March 14, 2012.
The art work was chosen from submissions received in a juried competition last year organized by the college in collaboration with the Queens Museum of Art. Over 200 submissions were reviewed by a team consisting of an art professor, an artist and a museum curator. Fifty-one of those submissions were selected to be featured in an exhibition at the QMA in February, whose opening attracted over 200 people – including principals, teachers, artists, family, political dignitaries and members of the community. It was the first time that most of these youngsters saw their work professionally framed and displayed for public enjoyment. The project was funded by the Queens College Foundation.
“The idea was to bring together children, families and teachers to celebrate Queens,” said Francine Peterman, QC Dean of Education. “As we in the Division of Education began to work on the project and partner with the QMA, we decided to focus on teachers and the connection of their work to that of the students.”
The art showcases the different ways that students and teachers relate to each other and view the world and their place in it. The schools represented at the QC exhibition will include IS 145 Joseph Pulitzer School, Queens School of Inquiry, Newtown High School, PS/IS 268, PS 63, 51st Avenue Academy, The Summit School and PS 107 Thomas A. Dooley School.
“Rarely does a museum-goer experience through art the formative years of young artists and their teachers – or the teaching and learning process that happens in art museums and classrooms,” said Peterman. “This is especially important during these difficult times when art is being marginalized.”
The public is invited to an opening reception of “Queens: Multiple Visions II” on April 14 from 5 – 7 pm at Powdermaker Hall, Dean of Education Suite 100. Directions to the college: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/welcome/directions/Pages/default.aspx
QC’s Art Education Program trains future art teachers who learn creative strategies that engage the skills and minds of their protégés.