“Connecting Communities with Artists”: Highlighting the Work of Young Artists from Studio Institute Programs in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Ohio 

We are pleased to share the collages, drawings, and paintings by young artists in pre-kindergarten through grade 8 from Studio Institute programs in New Jersey, Ohio, and Connecticut—now on display at the Studio in a School NYC Gallery at One East 53rd Street in Manhattan. 

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The artwork from Studio Institute partnerships with La Casa de Don Pedro Head Start Centers in Newark, New Jersey and East Orange School District in East Orange, New Jersey reflects the joy of discovery and excitement of learning as students aged two to four explore painting, collage, and drawing. Included in the show is art from children attending Grauer Preschool, a new partnership with Family Centers in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The exhibit also presents work from students at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District: Clara E. Westropp and Mary B. Martin elementary schools in Cleveland, Ohio, where Studio Institute’s in-school artist residencies serve students from pre-kindergarten through grade 8. Some of the art in Connecting Communities with Artists appeared in the annual Young Visions show at Christie’s Art Gallery in New York City earlier this summer. (Read more.) 

From the first expressions of a two-year old’s creativity to the observation-based portraits of elementary students, the artwork presented in this exhibition highlights the breadth of imagination and depth of perception of the talented students nurtured by local Studio Institute artist instructors: Maggie Avolio, Juan Pablo Baene, Angel Fosuhene, Shawn Kerns, Donna Drew-Pack, Maya Shae, Georgio Sabino III, and Rosanna Victorio Abreu. 

Engaging children and communities by exhibiting student artwork is invaluable. I can’t think of a better way of bringing together a school community to celebrate their students’ creative accomplishments.

— Donna Drew-Pack, Studio Institute Artist Instructor

The fine artwork of our young artists attests to the importance of arts education and community partnerships. We would like to acknowledge the individuals, foundations, schools, and community organizations who have supported this important work. 


Connecting Communities with Artists 
August 8 – September 12, 2022 
The Studio in a School NYC Gallery 
One East 53rd Street 
New York, NY 10022 

Open to the Public:
8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday – Friday 

Julius Y., a Pre-K artist from La Casa de Don Pedro
in Newark, with his artwork.