P.S. Art is an annual celebration of achievement in the arts in New York City public schools. This juried exhibition of the work of talented young artists showcases the creativity of 90 prekindergarten through grade 12 students from all five boroughs and includes paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, mixed-media works, collages, and drawings. Each piece demonstrates personal expression, imaginative use of media, the results of close observation, and an understanding of artistic processes.
Dedicated art teachers support students' creativity and help them look closely in order to respond to their worlds through art making. As students take art classes from one year to the next, they increase their understanding of art, sharpen their skills, and learn to harness their imaginations for artistic expression.
A panel of arts specialists from the Department of Education and Studio in a School selected 420 semifinalists from 1,205 submissions. A jury of distinguished members of the New York City arts community, including staff of The Met, chose the works on display in P.S. Art 2016. This exhibition celebrates the students' journeys and discoveries from early childhood to young adulthood.
The New York City Department of Education would like to thank The Metropolitan Museum of Art for generously mounting, hosting, and helping to select works for this exhibition in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. The Department of Education also gratefully acknowledges Studio in a School for its sponsorship and substantial role in the coordination of P.S. Art 2016.
Cyra Cupid (Age 16, Grade 11). Faces of Youth, 2016. Acrylic on canvas board. School: Brooklyn High School of the Arts. Art Teacher: Lara Hill