Annual exhibit features artwork created by students

Published on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:30
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Museum of American Art is again giving city students a chance to show visitors their work in a professional setting with the 2017 New Britain Public and Parochial Art Exhibit opening tonight.

The annual exhibit features a sampling of the best artwork created by students in city schools and provides a way for the museum to give back to the community, said NBMAA’s Kate Swanson, coordinator for family and community programs. “This is a good opportunity for us to be visible in the community and support education in the arts,” Swanson said. “It’s also a great way to open our doors to the community.”

The exhibit which is located in the museum’s Stanley Works Center for Education and Community Development opens tonight with a reception for the young artists and their families from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The event is free for participating students and their families who can return to the museum for free during the exhibit’s run until May 28. The exhibit is funded by Webster Bank.

Located on Lexington Street, NBMAA is the city’s premiere museum with exhibits and thousands of works of American art displayed throughout the galleries. The museum also provides opportunities for education on a local, statewide and national basis.

The works of art are chosen by art education teachers throughout the New Britain school district and all of the parochial schools. In all about 270 pieces of artwork from students in kindergarten to grade 12 were mounted and installed for the exhibit, Swanson said.

The works represent a wide variety of subjects from landscapes to portraits, she said. “We have some great abstract work, even at the elementary level there’s some really good abstracts,” Swanson said.

In addition to bringing students, their families and the community together, the exhibit also pulls in the superintendent of schools, the office of Mayor Erin Stewart, the director of the museum and the Hispanic American Cultural Council, she said. The work of the students represents the breadth of the city, Swanson said, with striking portraits that are representative of the diversity of the city.

Local educators, students and their families and city officials are invited to attend tonight’s opening reception. Visitors can see the 2017 New Britain Public and Parochial Art Exhibit with the price of admission during regular museum hours. For more information, call 860-229-0257 or visit

Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:30. Updated: Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:32.