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Juried exhibition of art by NYC public school students now on view at Met

‘P.S.’ Art Features 31 Brooklyn Students

June 24, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Lilybeth Jimenez (Age 6, Grade 1). My Beautiful Flowers, 2015. Tempera on paper. School: P.S. 145, Brooklyn. Art Teacher: Carrie Adams. Photo courtesy of the New York City Department of Education
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“P.S. Art,” the annual juried exhibition of works of art in all media created by New York City public school students, recently opened in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Each of the city’s five boroughs is represented in the 88 works made by young artists from pre-kindergarten through the twelfth gradeThirty-one of them are from Brooklyn.

P.S. Art 2015: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids” is a project of the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and Studio in a School Association, Inc. and will remain on view through Oct.18. 

The works in this year’s exhibition were made by young artists with a broad spectrum of life experiences. Students with special needs are represented, as are students enrolled in advanced-placement art classes. The exhibition shows the varied ways that student creativity, artistic ability and subject matter evolve on the journey from childhood to adulthood. 

Not only has the exhibition’s run at the Metropolitan extended to October (two months beyond its customary ending in August), but a selection of the students’ artworks were also featured on outdoor digital screens in the heart of Times Square, from June 17 to 21, through a collaboration with the Times Square Advertising Coalition. Images of the selected works of art were seen for three minutes every hour.

Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum, said he is “reminded each year of how immensely rewarding it is to see the work of many talented, young students displayed at the Met. These students represent unique artistic visions cultivated and encouraged in each of the city’s five boroughs. Just as the museum has made it an annual tradition to honor the inspired talents of our city’s students, it is our hope that they and their families create meaningful traditions in visiting the Met.”

Dignitaries from the DOE, Studio in a School and The Metropolitan Museum of Art were among the speakers at a private ceremony for students, parents and teachers prior to the exhibition opening. 

The 88 works in the P.S. Art 2015 exhibition were chosen from more than 900 submissions citywide. A jury comprised of distinguished members of the art community, including members of the Met staff, made the final decisions.

All of the works in the exhibition are also featured on the Museum’s website, as well as on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter via the hashtag #PSArt2015

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