Exceptional works of art by sixty-nine New York City public school students, ages four to twenty, are on view now through August 8 in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education through P.S. Art, a collaborative program between the New York City Department of Education and Studio in a School Association, Inc. This is the third consecutive year that the Met has hosted the juried exhibition, P.S. Art 2010: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids.
The P.S. Art competition fully integrates all public school students pre-K through grade twelve, and the works in this year’s exhibition were made by young artists with a broad spectrum of life experience: Students having special needs or attending G.E.D. classes are represented, as are those enrolled in advanced placement art classes. The exhibition demonstrates how student creativity, artistic ability, and subject matter evolve in the journey from childhood to adulthood. The works in P.S. Art 2010 were selected from some eight hundred submissions citywide.
This year, the jury included: Tony Bechara, artist, Board of Directors, Studio in a School, and Chair, El Museo del Barrio; Agnes Gund, Founder, Studio in a School and President Emerita, Museum of Modern Art; Caroline Kennedy, Vice-Chair, Fund for Public Schools; Paul King, Executive Director, Office of Arts and Special Projects, NYC Department of Education; Sean Scully, artist; Anne Strauss, Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; John Welch, Museum Educator in Charge of Youth Programs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Saya Woolfalk, artist.
At the opening on Tuesday, June 8, remarks were delivered by Museum President Emily Rafferty; Peggy Fogelman, the Museum’s Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education; Paul King; Kate Levin, Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs; Santiago Taveras, Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, Department of Education; Agnes Gund; Tom Cahill, President and CEO, Studio in a School; and Karen Rosner, Coordinator of Visual Arts, Office of Arts and Special Projects, Department of Education. The event was attended by more than three hundred students, families, and guests, and was covered in the media.