For three months this summer, works of art in all media by 106 of New York City’s most talented public school students, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, will be displayed in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through P.S. Art, a project of the New York City Department of Education and Studio in a School Association, Inc. The annual juried exhibition is now in its 12th year. P.S. Art 2014: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids will open for special viewing by the public at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, the evening of the City’s annual Museum Mile Festival, and will remain on view through August 25.
Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, City of New York; Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Agnes Gund, founder of Studio in a School, are among the speakers who will participate in a private ceremony for students, parents, and teachers prior to the opening.
Hosted by the Metropolitan Museum since 2008, the P.S. Art exhibition is one of the many ways in which the Met helps foster creativity and learning among New York City students. Each year, the Met provides free museum visits to over 60,000 New York City public school students; additionally, over 2,500 teachers and administrators participate in professional development workshops at the Met.
“This is the seventh year that the Museum has hosted the P.S. Art exhibition, and congratulating so many enormously talented students and welcoming their proud parents and teachers to the Met has become one of my favourite summer traditions,” commented Mr. Campbell. “It is gratifying to witness the outstanding talent and unique artistic vision of schoolchildren from throughout the City’s five boroughs. We invite the families to come back often, and hope that visiting the Met becomes a tradition for them, too.”
Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the Museum’s Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education, added: “I hope people will flock to see the inspired artwork of these young artists, who have demonstrated creativity, persistence, and a host of other qualities that will serve them throughout their lives and in whatever career paths they pursue. We are delighted to provide them and their families with passes for free admission to the Museum, so they can explore the world through the lens of other artists—past and present, near and far.”
The annual P.S. Art competition fully integrates all public school students from the pre-kindergarten level through the 12th grade. The works in this year’s exhibition were made by young artists with a broad spectrum of life experience; students with special needs will be represented, as will students enrolled in advanced-placement art classes. The exhibition shows the many and varied ways that student creativity, artistic ability, and subject matter evolve on the journey from childhood to adulthood.
The works in the P.S. Art 2014 exhibition were chosen from 890 submissions citywide. A jury comprised of distinguished members of the art community, including members of the Met staff, made the final selection.