Student Art Exhibition Celebrates Gala Philanthropy

Museum educators and preparators collaborate on the installation.

Museum educators and preparators collaborate on the installation. Photos: Meagan Estep

In honor of our annual gala next Friday, the museum is displaying a small selection of our outstanding student artwork on the first floor of the museum (works are located inside the main entrance, to the right and down a small flight of stairs). The gala raises critical resources for the museum’s educational programs, and the results are something to behold.

You will see paintings, relief prints, and mixed-media works from our Art Links to Learning: Museum-in-Residence program for Washington, D.C. public and charter schools. The 22 artworks represent only a fraction of student art produced through the Phillips’s nationwide K–12 education initiatives encouraging arts-integration, weaving together learning in the arts with other subject areas like math, science, or language arts.

The final installation, in one of the first floor galleries.

The final installation, in one of the first floor galleries. Photos: Natalie Mann

In the Education Department, we are excited to see these impressive artistic accomplishments adjacent to work by artists including Giorgio De Chirico, Paolo Ventura, and Bruce Davidson. Feast your eyes on art from our DCPS partner, Tyler Elementary School, relating to a range of curricula including the solar system, with a three-panel series showing the order of the planets in relation to the sun against a continuous background of dark, starry space. Students from the Inspired Teaching School explored the theme “Art of the City,” and responded with abstracted imagery and poems of lonely city parks and neighborhoods in crisis. And make sure to check out work by middle school students from DCPS Takoma Education Campus, highlighting D.C. neighborhoods through beautiful line drawings of local landmarks including The Big Chair in Anacostia and Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street.

On view at the museum from April 22 to May 5, 2013.

Suzanne Wright, Director of Education

Sharing Stories Around the World

screenshot of webinar underway

In April, I’ll be heading to Pakistan to facilitate workshops with artists of all ages. We’ll be using The Migration Series (1940–41) by Jacob Lawrence as a springboard for conversation about storytelling, collaboration, and how art can create social change. Last week, I had the pleasure of beginning the conversation with artists in Islamabad and Peshawar. Watch the video of our conversation, and add your point of view by sharing comments!

Words of inspiration on a Post-It at the State Department. Photo: Rachel Goldberg

Words of inspiration on a Post-It at the State Department. Photo: Rachel Goldberg

Rachel Goldberg, Manager of School, Outreach, and Family Programs

Our Zany Visionary

Suzanne Wright with her award and in a group with other NAEA award winners.

Suzanne Wright with her award and in a group with other award winners. Photos: Rachel Goldberg

I’m currently in Fort Worth, Texas at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) annual conference and today I had the honor of presenting my boss–Suzanne Wright, Director of Education–with the NAEA 2013 Eastern Region Museum Educator of the Year award. This was a well deserved and hard-earned award for Suzanne, who has dedicated her entire (over 20 year) museum career to the Phillips! Under Suzanne’s leadership, our education department has produced award winning and nationally recognized programs and resources such as the Jacob Lawrence and The Migration Series teaching kit, and the emerging Prism of Arts Integration teaching framework. Suzanne has also played a key role in reinvigorating and re-establishing the local DC chapter of NAEA–AEDC. A few words that her colleagues and I used to describe her at the award ceremony today are thoughtful/reflective, passionate, visionary, zany, savvy, human, advocate, persistent, insightful, driven, determined, a bold leader with plentiful laughter, and a true leader. We all also really appreciate the seemingly never ending supply of Girl Scout cookies.

Rachel Goldberg, Manager of School, Outreach, and Family Programs