Hagen Family Gallery • January 22 through March 13, 2016

An opening reception will be held on Gallery Night, Friday, March 11 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Kids as Curators demonstrates the power and allure of objects. This year’s partners are St. Gregory School in North East, Parker Middle School in Edinboro, the Erie School District’s gifted program, and the Charter School of Excellence Skills Center. Each school amasses a collection, curates that collection, and designs and installs their exhibit.

Each school hosts an artist-in-residence who works with teachers to catalyze the students’ creative ideas. Students at North East, working with poet Hannah Paul, have created a cityscape guarded by a knight that features a collection of dreams and prayers. Kids at Parker Middle School, working with painter Tom Ferraro, are exploring pop culture, illusion, and emojis. The gifted program, paired with sculptor Ron Bayuzick, is creating an exhibit devoted to many aspects of preservation. The inner-city Skills Center, working with environmental artist Annie Schmitt, has created an exhibit of games, past and present. As usual, the exhibits boast many interactive stations, and inspire visitors to see life through the lens of a 13-year old. The combined exhibit is poignant, funny, and has become an annual delight for both families and local artists.

This project was made possible in part by Artist residencies supported in part by
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Eleven years ago 5th grader Caitlin Gleason and her classmates created an ode to clocks and time for the very first Kids as Curators exhibit. In 2014 as a college intern at the Museum, she created the graphics for two Kids as Curators exhibit postcards..

Caitlin created the graphics for both the 2015 and 2016 Kids as Curators exhibits. She graduated last semester from the Columbia College Chicago with a double major in Graphic Design and Art History. She is hoping for a career in webpage development and/or graphic design. She caught the attention of Museum staff when she participated in Kids as Curators in 2005. Her enthusiasm, creativity, and attention to detail were still evident and fully developed when she was an intern. We congratulate Caitlin on her success and celebrate Kids as Curators coming full circle. Come see this year’s exhibit and the students who will be the designers, curators, and thinkers of tomorrow.