kids_as_curators_rev_lrKids As Curators
Hagen Family Gallery
January 27 – March 19, 2017

Preteens love objects and intuitively understand how they reveal history, culture and say something about the owner’s taste and personality. Each year the Museum challenges local students to unleash their creativity by curating exhibits using their collections. This year features diverse and delighting exhibits from three schools, each with an artist-in-residence who, along with teachers, help students conceive, and construct their creations.

Holy Family School 5th-8th graders have focused on chivalry, both past and present, and with assistance from fiber artist Deborah Sementelli, have created a full-size knight with a suit of armor made entirely from computer hard drives. Their exhibit also features a stirring collection of gear and uniforms from modern day “knights” – firefighters and veterans – who have put their lives on the line to serve the community and country.

Wayne Elementary 7th graders have explored their backgrounds and identity across their curriculum with support from painter Tom Ferraro. They have considered tone in language through super hero action figures, computed volumes and created cityscapes in math, and considered citizenship and the environment by creating a mosaic using plastic trash they’ve picked up. They’ve also recreated a 3D version of Van Gogh’s bedroom enhanced by maps of their own individual homes.

Erie Day School 5th -8th graders are working with sculptor Ron Bayuzick on a theme of comedy and tragedy. Their exhibit includes a selection of quotes by Shakespeare, a variety masks, both tragic and comic and a larger than life sculpture of the classic drama masks with robotic eyes decorated with a dizzying collage of objects.

Kids as Curators is one of the Museum’s most popular family attractions. Middle schoolers value interactivity, so not only does the exhibit offer a fresh perspective on material culture, it also engages visitors with hands-on activities.

Come celebrate and honor this years’ kid curators, their teachers, and artists in residence! A special reception will be held as part of Gallery Night, on Friday, March 10, from 7-10 p.m. The museum will be full of artist demos, family-friendly nibbles, and tours for all.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Their mission has been to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. For the past 20 years, their grant making, policy development, and research has helped libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit

The artists-in-residence were provided in part by funding from:

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