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Student Exhibitions

The Rockwell Museum Student Gallery is devoted to displaying artwork created by students from local school districts and summer youth programs.

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. 

2021 Student Exhibitions

Rockwell Reimagined: CPP High School Student Exhibition

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.

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CPP High School IB Art Virtual Student Exhibition

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.

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Identity and the Artist: 2020 Our Lives in Mask

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.

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2020 Student Exhibition Calendar

Past Student Exhibitions

Create, Carry, Contain

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.

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My Constructed Reality

On view at The Rockwell Museum Student Gallery, 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.

My Identity Examined Student Exhibition

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.

Corning-Painted Post High School IB Visual Art

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
Emma Stanton
Lewis Wightman

Higher Level: Two-year Program with teacher Lisa Rossi-Sullivan
Gargie Deore
Lydia Robinson

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.

Vessels Reimagined
Corning-Painted Post High School

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.

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Your Place, Your Voice
Corning Painted-Post Middle School Digital Art

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.

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High School Learning Center Student Exhibition | 2018 Alley Art Project

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

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Fantastical Future Crystal City: The Alternative School for Math & Science, 6th Grade

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.

A Moment in Time: 4th Grade Pinhole Photography with the Science & Discovery Center 

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.


Corning-Painted Post High School IB Visual Art

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
Erin Shaut

Standard Level: One-year Program with teacher Sharron Holland
Kristine Brown
Ellie Carl
Hadiya Fuller
Kezia Hatch
Kalina Roussev

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.

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Winter Sky, digital collage by Kaylan CornaireWinter Sky Student Exhibition: Your Place in the Stars

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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