On Sunday, Feb. 24, student artists, their teachers and families from 28 Bucks and Montgomery county public high schools will come together to celebrate their work at an awards ceremony for the 26th annual juried “Touch the Future” art show. The reception will be held at the Arcadia University Commons from 1 to 3 p.m., with awards being presented at 2 p.m.
Running from Feb. 15 to March 14, the show is sponsored by the Mideastern Region of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (MER/PSEA) and the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools (CAPS). It began 26 years ago as a way to honor a fellow teacher, Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher in space who perished aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. McAuliffe’s motto was “I touch the future…I teach.”
This year’s show will be juried by Carole Loeffler, Associate Professor of Art and Design at Arcadia University. Student artists vie for honors including a “best of show,” along with second and third place runner-up awards, a juror’s prize and top honors in each of the following categories: printmaking, jewelry/metals, fiber crafts, 2-D mixed media, digital imaging/computer graphics, traditional silver print, painting, drawing black & white, color drawing, 3-D functional, 3-D single medium sculpture, 3-D mixed media sculpture, 2-D design, and digital photography. Each art teacher in the two counties is asked to pre-jury the art and submit up to four entries. Prize money totaling $1,200 has been donated by MER/PSEA and the organization will also provide compensation to two students who agree to sell their artwork for permanent display in the region offices. In addition, Arcadia University will also award the first place winner a $1,500 achievement award, second place winner a $1,000 achievement award and third place winner a $500 achievement award for full-time undergraduate study at Arcadia University.
Chairpersons for the 26th annual event are art teachers Lynne Pribis of Upper Dublin High School, Connie Berger of Cheltenham High School and Kelly Washington of Pennsbury High School. “As art teachers, we are able to see the incredible talents of our students every day,” said Pribis. “It’s such a joy each year to be able to share that talent with the whole community and allow our students a well-deserved stage to display their incredible efforts.”
“Year in and year out, we see amazing creations that are a true testament to the art education our students are receiving in Bucks and Montgomery county public schools,” said Linda J. Weaver, president of the Mideastern Region. “I hope that the public will take the opportunity to view the art on display and see for themselves why cutting budgets and programs in our public schools is a true crisis. We owe it to our students to provide them with a well-rounded education that includes exposure to sophisticated courses that allow them to express their creativity through art.”
The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday, Feb. 15 through Thursday, March 14 during gallery hours: Tuesday/Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday, 10am – 3pm; Saturday/Sunday, noon – 4pm. It is located at Arcadia University (Commons Art Gallery and the Great Room lobby area) – 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa. 19038. For more information, contact 215-572-2131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.