PV High Art Students Compete In Juried Exhibit

PV High Art Students Compete In Juried Exhibit

An interested crowd views exhibits of an earlier year’s show

COLLEGEVILLE PA – Thirteen Perkiomen Valley High School students are exhibiting art and competing for awards in the 32nd annual “Touch the Future” art show that will run from March 3-28 (2019) during operating hours at Arcadia University’s Art Gallery. The free event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Education Association, Mideastern Region, and the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools.

The show gives students an opportunity to participate in a juried exhibition, and showcase wide-ranging art opportunities available regionally. It kicks off March 3 (Sunday) with a reception and awards ceremony, also free, from 1-3 p.m. at the University Commons Art Gallery Area and Great Room Lobby, 450 S. Easton Rd., Glenside, PA.

Among its featured artists are these PV students exhibiting in the following categories:

  • Kendall Trumboyle and Renee Salerno, computer graphics; and Jordan Thomas, Jewel Miller, and Mattie Young, digital photography; all taught by Tom Komp;
  • Erin Lamirande, color drawing; Samantha Mohr, Ellen Feng, and Carly Jimenez, acrylic and oil painting; and Katie Litak, black and white painting; all taught by Bob Libby; and
  • Lytton Tschoban and Siana Rosini, black and white drawing; and Lilly Jonello, single medium 3D; all taught by Wendy Elser.

Pieces by the PV students are competing with art submissions from multiple teachers in 30 participating public high schools from across Montgomery and Bucks counties. All are vying for cash prizes and honors including Best of Show, along with second and third place runners-up, a Teachers’ Choice and Dr. Selma Burke Sculpture awards, and scholarships donated by Arcadia. Individual winners are also selected from each of 15 different categories.

The name of this year’s show pays tribute to Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher in space who perished aboard the space shuttle Challenger. She was known to have said, “I touch the future. I teach.” The show will be juried by Grace Ahn Klensin, director of admissions at Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

The regional education association donates most of the prize money and also compensates several students who agree to sell their artwork for permanent display in its Montgomeryville offices. The regional group consists of 44 local teacher associations that represent more than 15,000 public school educators in Bucks and Montgomery counties.

Photo from the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools, via Facebook