Our educators have a long tradition of working with area school students and their teachers to organize student art exhibitions and we partner with schools, community organizations, and statewide agencies to present an ongoing schedule of exhibitions of art by students from the area.
Many schools have been forced to reduce or even cut art classes altogether. Now more than ever, communities need cultural institutions to help bridge the gap in offering artistic opportunities to students.
On view: November 18 – December 31, 2022
How does an artwork tell a story? 8th grade students enrolled in IB Digital Art classes at Corning-Painted Post Middle School created digitally collaged and annotated artwork that connects to their identities. In collaboration with art teachers Maria Goldwyn and Chelsea Xidis, 65 students visited the KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab and the Digital Dome Theater at Corning Community College (CCC) in September to draw inspiration from Apsáalooke artist Wendy Red Star, nature and the night sky. The artwork represents how the students’ personal identities are layered narratives.
June 8 – September 11, 2022
The mural design, Worlds Collide, is an exploration of The Rockwell’s 2022 annual theme, Spark! From Inspiration to Creation and is inspired by artwork in the Museum’s collection. This exhibition celebrates the 14th Alley Art Project featuring students’ individual paintings on wood canvases that are incorporated into the design.
April 9 – June 5, 2022 at KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab
The Rockwell Museum and Corning-Painted Post Middle School collaboratively present My Identity Examined. Approximately 330 sixth grade students visited The Rockwell with their teachers in February to learn about artwork connected to themes of identity, symbolism, cultural heritage, resiliency and artistic self-expression. In this exhibition, we present student self-portrait collages that are representative of their individual identities inspired by their museum visit.
On view: March 26 – May 1, 2022
In collaboration with Corning-Painted Post High School, The Rockwell Museum presents this special exhibition featuring seven students from the IB Visual Arts Diploma Programme. Under the direction of art teacher Sharron Holland, the following students are featured in the Special Projects Gallery and the Student Gallery located around the corner.
January 13 – March 6, 2022
The Rockwell Museum presents Spark the Imagination in collaboration with high school art teachers: Wendy Brubaker, Sharron Holland, Birgitt Wolf-Peterson and Megan Wukovitz. This exhibition features works of art created by students enrolled in elective arts courses at the Corning-Painted Post High School. Students used their imagination to explore the many facets of how art can tell a story.
On view: November 24, 2021 – January 3, 2022
The Rockwell Museum is proud to collaborate with Corning-Painted Post Middle School art teacher Maria Goldwyn and Onödowa’ga:’ – Deer Clan (Seneca) artist Hayden Haynes on a virtual outreach project and student exhibition. 65 eighth grade students enrolled in IB Digital Art classes created their own digital collages that represent aspects of their heritage and identity inspired by Haynes’ art and artwork from The Rockwell’s collection.
Students explored how art can reveal a story and share a perspective that people may not have been aware of. They focused on using art as a tool for storytelling, self-reflection and artistic expression. Art gives people a voice about their identity, their place in their community and experience in the world. The project provides students access to artwork on view at the Museum and the opportunity connect with a working, local artist.
How can we use the past to communicate ideas about the present? That’s the question students in Studio in Art B were asked for this special student exhibition that explores appropriation and activism in art. In collaboration with art teachers Wendy Brubaker, Shawn Farwell, Sharron Holland, Birgitt Wolf-King and Megan Wukovitz at the Corning-Painted High School, The Rockwell Museum presents Rockwell Reimagined, now on view in the Museum’s Student Gallery (Floor 2). The selected artworks were created as part of a new virtual school tour program. Students reimagined works of art in The Rockwell’s collection and appropriated them to convey a message. This exhibition is on view through June 1, 2021.
In collaboration with the Corning-Painted Post High School, The Rockwell Museum presents this special virtual exhibition featuring eight students from the IB Visual Arts Diploma Programme. Under the direction of art teacher Sharron Holland, eight Higher Level (HL), two-year program students are featured in this digital presentation of their artwork.
The Rockwell Museum collaborated with the Corning-Painted Post High School Learning Center (HSLC) and Teaching Artist Meghan O’Toole to provide an adapted version of the annual Identity and the Artist (I&A) program. This vital program is designed to foster creativity and provide an artistic outlet for students to explore aspects of their cultural and personal identities, as well as build relationships within their classroom environments and the community.
This program culminated in a collaborative presentation including masks and reflective writing.
While the Museum is closed, we’re pleased to digitally present ‘Create, Carry, Contain,’ an exhibition featuring artwork and writing created by fourth-grade students of Corning-Painted Post Area School District William E. Severn Elementary.
On view: January 29 – February 23, 2020
The Rockwell Museum presents My Constructed Reality, an exhibition featuring selected artwork created by students enrolled in the Studio A arts course at the Corning-Painted Post High School. This exhibition highlights mixed-media works of art that focus on themes of identity, manipulation of reality and cultural perspectives inspired by artwork from The Rockwell’s collection.
In collaboration with the team of high school art teachers, Wendy Brubaker, Shawn Farwell, Sharron Holland, Birgitt Wolf-King and Megan Wukovitz, students visited The Rockwell on a field trip. The artwork that students observed and engaged with at the Museum served as the inspiration for their final projects created in their classrooms. Students were encouraged to explore different art mediums to construct one-of-a-kind creations that illustrate aspects of their personal identities within their own realities.
On View: April 13 – May 15, 2019 at KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab
The Rockwell Museum and the Corning-Painted Post Middle School collaboratively present My Identity Examined. The entire 6th grade student body visited The Rockwell to learn about artwork connected to the Museum’s 2019 programming theme of “Questioning Identity.” This student exhibition features self-portrait collages that are representative of students’ individual identities. This project is incorporated into the 6th grade “Discovering Who We Are” unit, in which students work closely with Language & Literature and Humanities teachers. Students were encouraged to explore various cultural, environmental and physical characteristics that contribute to their unique personalities and express themselves through the fabrication of mixed-media collages. Join us as we celebrate My Identity Examined and recognize the talented students and their imaginative portraits.
On View: March 30 – May 5, 2019
In collaboration with Corning-Painted Post High School, The Rockwell Museum presents a special exhibition of works by four International Baccalaureate Visual Arts program students. Join us in celebrating the artistic efforts of:
Standard Level: One-year Program with teacher Sharron Holland
Higher Level: Two-year Program with teacher Lisa Rossi-Sullivan
During the school year, students visited The Rockwell and other regional museums to study and draw inspiration for their own works of art. As part of the program, the students curated their own student art show in The Rockwell’s Student Gallery. The IB Visual Arts Program supports the notion that art is an integral part of every day life, permeating all levels of human creativity, expression, communication and understanding. It is a thought-provoking course that encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries.
On view: January 26 – March 17, 2019
Students visited The Rockwell and studied artwork in the collection as inspiration for their project, then created ceramic and mixed-media sculptural vessels that incorporate symbols from their personal history and reflect on contemporary society. Vessels Reimagined dives into themes of cultural connections, family traditions, the influence of pop culture and personal identity.
On view: November 27, 2019 – January 22, 2020
The Rockwell Museum and Corning-Painted Post Middle School partner on the Your Place, Your Voice outreach project that brings The Rockwell collection to classrooms virtually. Youth and Family Programs Educator Amy Ruza is joined by 8th-grade Digital Art teacher Maria Goldwyn in a pre-recorded inspiration video – this module serves as a launching point for inspiration, art and exploration, allowing Rockwell educators to reach 150 students for this special project.
The Your Place, Your Voice outreach project dives into the themes of three artworks from The Rockwell’s collection, encouraging students to explore aspects about their personal identity, their family, and cultural heritage, and consider how a portrait can reveal a story. Students will be encouraged to incorporate personal symbols into their digital collage to express their voice and their place within their lives.
On view: May 18, 2018 – September 9, 2018
Join us as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Alley Art Project! This year, student designers draw inspiration from The Rockwell Museum’s collection of Frederick Carder Steuben glass, honoring the 150th anniversary of glassmaking in Corning. Students researched six major local industries to incorporate the rich history of glass and the region into the 2018 mural design.
This project is made possible in part by grants from The Triangle Fund, The Great Circle Foundation Inc., and William G. McGowan Charitable Fund
On view: June 12 – August 5, 2018
In collaboration with art teacher Becky Smith at The Alternative School for Math & Science (ASMS), The Rockwell Museum proudly presents Fantastical Future Crystal City. This exhibition features the artwork created by ASMS sixth grade students. Throughout this program, students were encouraged to consider how a space can generate emotions through its history, architectural style, physical layout and décor. They were prompted to consider how buildings tell stories through time.
The Rockwell field trip included a tour of several other galleries in the Museum. Students had the opportunity to explore the American Illustrators Gallery and participate in a storytelling activity. They joined the Museum’s Preparator, Paul Dressen for a special behind-the-scenes examination of specific contemporary works of art depicting urbanization. In addition, students participated in a hands-on project in the Education Center. In small groups, students explored and played with recycled materials to problem-solve methods of futuristic construction and design for their miniature 3-dimensional model cities.
Following their visit, local architect Elise Johnson-Schmidt provided a historic walking tour of Market Street in Corning to further extend the learning experience outside the classroom. Students observed and photographed buildings and store fronts on Market Street, and drew inspiration from this local architecture for their futuristic illustrations.
Students considered what a city would need to thrive and function in a future setting, whether it be in 200, 300 or 500 years. Students thought carefully about resources for energy, the environment, agriculture, population, transportation, technology and more. Each student imagined a futuristic building in the City of Corning. Their artwork on display was created using the printmaking process and collectively illustrates a Fantastical Future Crystal City.
On view: April 9, 2018 – May 7, 2018
A Moment in Time is a pinhole photography project supported by a Teaching Artist grant. This project is led by the Science & Discovery Center (SDC) at Hugh Gregg Elementary and Winfield Elementary Schools, with participation from the Chemung Valley Historical Society (CVHS) and Corning-Painted Post Area School District. In this project, students learned about early photography and produced a photograph with a pinhole camera – which recorded, in many ways, a moment in time. The Rockwell Museum believes in the importance of serving as a community center, and was pleased to host this student exhibition.
This project was made possible, in part, with public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization Program, administered regionally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.
On view: March 30, 2018 – April 18, 2018
In collaboration with Corning-Painted Post High School, The Rockwell Museum presents a special exhibition of the works of six International Baccalaureate Visual Arts program students. The exhibition celebrates the artist efforts of:
Higher Level: Two-year Program with teacher Lisa Rossi-Sullivan
Standard Level: One-year Program with teacher Sharron Holland
The students visited The Rockwell during the school year to study and draw inspiration from the collection for their own works of art. As part of the program, the students curated their own student art show in The Rockwell’s Student Gallery.
The IB Visual Arts Program supports the notion that art is an integral part of everyday life, permeating all levels of human creativity, expression, communication and understanding. It is a thought-provoking course that encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries.
On view: November 30, 2017 – March 11, 2018
The Rockwell is excited to collaborate with the Corning-Painted Post Area School District and the Southeast Steuben County Library on a new student exhibition and outreach project, blending art-making with digital technology. This program involved 140 middle school students through an innovative outreach initiative which took place in the classroom. Art teacher Mrs. Megan Wukovitz and her eighth-grade Digital Art classes at Corning-Painted Post Middle School created digital collages and three-dimensional printed stars inspired by the night sky and three contemporary Native American works of art from the Rockwell collection.
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