The NYISE’s Celebrating 180 years Art Show opened at the Andrew Heiskell Library last evening with a gala reception. Featuring about 80 artworks, ranging from busts of President Obama and Michael Jackson to abstract paintings and collages, the exhibit covers a multitude of media and genres displaying the wide array of artistic skills of the NYISE students. The library is located at 40 West 20th Street in Manhattan.
Teachers, students, parents, school board members, library staff and representatives of NYC art organizations (MoMA, HAI, etc.) were present. Dr. Bernadette Kappen, director of the NYISE, spoke on the achievements of the students and introduced Vanessa Luna and Kimberly Lora, two of the students whose artworks are on display. They both spoke about their creative process and what it means to them to be able to express themselves through the arts, fashion and writing. Elisabeth Axel, President and Founder of Art Beyond Sight (ABS), spoke about how wonderful it has been for ABS educators to work with the NYISE students and teachers on a variety of projects.
The exhibition, on view at the Andrew Heiskell Library until Tuesday, June 21st, is free and open to the public. The library is open on Monday, Wednesday , Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5.p.m and on Tuesday and Thursday noon to 7.00 p.m. Don’t miss it.