Four POB students have artwork on display in Albany

Four student artists from Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School had their artwork featured in the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) 2022 Legislative Exhibit.

Students Erin Donovan, Sophie Heichman, Gabriella Plevretes and Kayla Fischer had their pieces selected for display alongside works by students from across the state. Kayla and Gabriella worked with Art Professor Linda Curran, while Sophie and Erin worked with Professor Kelly Verdi, who is also Co-Chair of NYSATA Region 9 (Nassau County).

“We are proud here at POBJFKHS to provide our art students with the opportunity to be involved in local, state and national art exhibitions and competitions,” said Diana Beltrani, Deputy Director of POBJFKHS. “We are always delighted to learn that students have been selected to exhibit their work! Congratulations to the students of this year’s NYSATA Legislative Art Exhibit. Your creativity and hard work inspires us and makes us #POBProud!”

The Legislative Exhibition, normally held each spring in the Albany Legislative Office Building, is the largest public display of student artwork in a public building in the nation. This year it will remain virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic; but students, families, and administrators can visit to view student work online.

“I personally love working with the NYS Art Teachers Association on projects that support the achievement and creativity of our students,” said Dr. Ben Wiley, Director of K-12 Art and Digital Education. for Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District. “In addition to this show, NYSATA is involved in teacher professional development, arts advocacy, and student scholarships. Overall, we are happy for our students, as well as being a member district of NYSATA and their continued support of the arts in our schools.

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