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 122 prekindergarten through twelfth grade students from all five boroughs, including students from District 75, a citywide district serving students with disabilities. The exhibition consists of paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, mixed-media works, collages, drawings, and video. Each work of art 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 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 323 semifinalists from more than 1,200 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 2019. 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 NYC for its sponsorship and substantial role in the coordination of P.S. Art 2019.
Leanne Auyeang (Grade 8), Blowing Off Steam, 2019. Watercolor. School: J.H.S. 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne, Queens. Art Teacher: Andrew Zaben