Art gallery features area high school students in March

"Changes" is the theme of the annual student art exhibit, March 4 to 30, in the Art Gallery at Penn State New Kensington.

The show is sponsored by the Alle-Kiski Arts Consortium, a group of local educators dedicated to bringing performing and visual arts to area students. Prissy Pakulski, visual arts educator at Valley High School in the New Kensington-Arnold School District, is the coordinator of the event.

“The art exhibit is a wonderful cooperative experience for the art students in the districts,” said Pakulski, a visual artist who previously has shown her work at the campus. “The gallery at Penn State New Kensington produces an ambiance of professionalism, and students get a real gallery exhibition experience.”

Artwork by high school students from four area school districts -- Deer Lakes, Highlands, Kiski Area and New Kensington-Arnold -- is featured in the show. More than 500 two- and three-dimensional pieces, including paintings, drawings, sculpture and jewelry, will be hung salon-style, a European technique that dates back to the 17th century. Salon-style features a single exhibition room with artwork covering all the walls in a collage-like pattern.

“The salon style furthers the uniqueness of the young emerging artists,” said Pakulski, who works in stained glass. “In addition, easels and pedestals will further showcase the creations.”

A reception for the artists is set from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 25, in the art gallery. In conjunction with the reception is the High School Performing Arts Showcase, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the campus’ Forum Theatre.

"The performing arts component is an opportunity for students to perform a solo or small group recital,” Pakulski said.

The exhibit, reception and performances are free to the public. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on the weekends.

For more information, contact Pakulski at 724-337-4536 ext. 2010 or


Last Updated February 20, 2013