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Program gives students exhibit curation experience


Mary-Kay Lombino (far left) shows students a painting at the Trolley Barn. PCSD student Makayla Lanier (second from left) and PHS graduate Nazir Scott (right) are just two of the students in the inaugural class.

Two students with PCSD connections are learning how to curate an art exhibit as part of The Art Effect’s pilot youth museum studies program at the Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn.

The first show, “Home Sick,” was developed by Art Effect members to invite artists to capture how the concept of being “home sick” can take on multiple meanings in light of a tumultuous year such as 2020. It also marks the launch of a new international juried exhibition series. It will open Feb. 25 and run through April 1.
“Home Sick will serve as a core component of a pilot program to put youth in the “driver’s seat” leading exhibitions and programming at the Trolley Barn,” Art Effect Executive Director Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt said. “We’re very excited to have youth work alongside established curators like Mary-Kay to co-create high quality exhibitions and develop the skills needed to pursue careers in the art museum field.”For the first show, youth curators including Poughkeepsie High School’s Makayla Lanier and PHS graduate Nazir Scott are working with Mary-Kay Lombino, deputy director and the Emily Hargroves Fisher ‘57 and Richard B. Fisher curator, at The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College.

Participants will develop themes for art exhibitions, work on projects toward submissions and curate the planned exhibits. On Jan. 9, they met to narrow down the submissions for “Home Sick” to 72 pieces, Pamela Perry, Art Effect’s marketing and communications manager, said.

Other youth-led exhibitions in the space are planned along with other exhibitions of art created by youth.

The pilot program fits right in with PCSD’s goal to create different educational pathways at our schools, to provide students with a wide range of opportunities.