Somerset students’ artwork on display at Laurel Arts

March 13, 2019

Nearly 300 students in the Somerset Area School District have artwork on display at the Philip Dressler Center for the Arts in Somerset.

Laurel Arts has been hosting the Somerset Area School District Student Art Show for more than 35 years, according to Erin Glessner, art teacher for the elementary grades. Nearly 300 people attended the opening reception on Sunday.

“It is an event that our students, their families and the community have come to look forward to every year,” Glessner said.

The exhibit will be on display until March 29. After that it will travel back to the schools and pieces will be given back to the students. Best of show ribbons are placed on one standout piece per grade level by members of the Somerset County Artists Association. Other individual award recipients are chosen by the district superintendent, the school principals, a representative of the school board and school faculty.

The preparations begin at the onset of the school year leading up to the opening. Each art teacher in the district selects exceptional student artwork throughout the year and carefully chooses pieces that exemplify the skills and concepts taught within each lesson or project. Those pieces are then cataloged, labeled and matted before wire is attached to make the pieces ready to be installed in the galleries at Laurel Arts.

“This exhibit is really a labor of love, by both the (kindergarten) through 12th-grade students as well as the three district art teachers,” Glessner said. “It is the culmination of a lot of hard work.”