Ichabod Crane student artists to show in Albany
Mar 07, 2011 9:29 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200" caption="A Franz Kline painting from the state's Empire State Plaza collection, recently used as inspiration for art by students in Capitol District high schools, on view in Albany over the coming week."][/caption]The New York State Office of General Services (OGS) recently announced that students in grades kindergarten through eight, from eight capital region school districts including Kinderhook's Ichabod Crane, are exhibiting original artwork inspired by the Empire State Plaza Art Collection on the South Concourse beneath the Empire State Plaza from March 8 through 14. The exhibit got its last September when the Empire State Plaza Art Commission began to collaborate with the Capital Area Art Supervisors Group to use the paintings and sculptures that are part of the Plaza Art Collection in their classrooms. Special presentations and educational resources introduced the collection into the curriculum of elementary and middle school children. Students were then invited to explore and create their own works of art in response to the Plaza Art Collection. As a result, students produced nearly 400 colorful paintings and drawings. The Empire State Plaza Art Collection consists of 92 modern art paintings, sculptures and tapestries that were purchased in the late 1960's and early 70's under the leadership of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, noted as a major art collector and philanthropist as well as a key political figure. The collection includes works from Alexander Calder, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell and Mark Rothko. In all, 82 artists who were working in New York at the time the collection was acquired are represented.