27th Annual “Touch the Future” Art Exhibition Winners Announced
Works from Bucks and Montgomery County Public High School Students Dazzle Once Again
An awards ceremony was recently held at Arcadia University to celebrate the winners of the 27th annual “Touch the Future” art show. Students from 27 Bucks and Montgomery county public high schools submitted artwork to the professionally juried show, which began as a tribute to Christa McAuliffe, NASA’s teacher in space who died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.
Three best of show winners were chosen along with 14 category winners, two PSEA purchase prizewinners, a juror’s prizewinner and an art teacher’s award from the nearly 350 pieces of artwork submitted by public school teachers throughout Bucks and Montgomery counties. In addition, Arcadia University also awarded first through third place winners with achievement awards of $1,500, $1,000 and $500 respectively for every year of full-time undergraduate study at Arcadia University. Each category winner was also awarded a $250 achievement award.
Sponsored by the Mideastern Region of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (MER/PSEA) and the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools (CAPS), this year’s show was juried by Abbey Ryan, assistant professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Arcadia University.
“Every student in this exhibition should be celebrated for his or her talents,” said Ryan. “It is a tremendous pleasure to witness such passion, creativity, and heart presented through artwork. It was a true privilege to view the minds and artistic expressions of these students.”
The event is co-chaired by art teachers Lynne Pribis of Upper Dublin High School, Connie Berger of Cheltenham High School and Kelly Washington of Pennsbury High School.
“We find ourselves continuing to face detrimental budget cuts in our schools, affecting important programs like art,” said Jim Sando, president of the PSEA Mid-eastern Region. “To walk through this exhibition and view the artwork is a wonderful experience. Students express their angst and challenges so well through their artwork. Taking that away robs them of the opportunity for a positive creative outlet and a broad and comprehensive education.”
The exhibition will continue to be open to the public through Thursday March 27 during gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am to 11:00 pm. It is located at Arcadia University (Commons Art Gallery and the Great Room lobby area) – 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa. 19038.