YOUNG ARTISTS 2015: A High School Art Exhibition

In the Beitzel and Righter Galleries
March 1 – March 8, 2015

Now in its 32nd year, this annual exhibition showcases the extraordinary talents of budding artists. Seniors from our member schools learn about and participate in every aspect of the exhibition process, from creating the invitation in a graphic design workshop to writing artist statements and installing the art in the galleries.


The Katonah Museum of Art’s education staff and installation crew introduce students to the concepts and skills involved in curating and hanging a professional exhibition. A team of KMA volunteers works behind the scenes, providing support to the students during the multi-day installation. Approximately 400 students from 43 schools in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties are taking part in Young Artists 2015. This exhibition is one of many programs that fulfill the KMA’s mission of providing innovative art education to schools, both on site and in the classroom. It is a tribute to our young artists, their families and teachers, and the KMA’s continuing commitment to education.

Image Credit
Postcard desgined by Max Crawley of White plains High School


THINKING THROUGH ART: Young Artists and Writers

In the Learning Center and Project Gallery
March 1 – 8, 2015

The exhibition, Thinking Through Art: Young Artists and Writers, presents art and writing created by students and inspired by the exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. This multi-session, museum-based curriculum that culminates in an exhibition, uses the examination of original art as a dynamic source for creating authentic works involving writing, visual art, and media.

Now celebrating its tenth year, Thinking Through Art is presented both in the Museum galleries and the students’ classrooms, and features KMA’s writer-in-residence, poet Pamela Hart, who works in-depth with more than four hundred Westchester County elementary and secondary school students. The curriculum is collaboratively planned with teachers and supports the literacy skills addressed in the Common Core State Standards in English language arts.

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KMA’s writer-in-residence, poet Pamela Hart with Increase Miller students during their Thinking Through Art visit


Glass Elevator by Stephan Moore

In the vestibule
January 18 – Summer 2015

Glass Elevator is a sound installation for the glass-walled vestibule at the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, NY. As a visitor passes through the space, a quiet droning sound can be heard, which could easily be mistaken for the sound of typical building systems. When all of the doors are again closed, the space is suddenly transported, by sound, to another location — an example of audio cinema, or, in R. Murray Schafer’s term, schizophonia. Whether anyone lingers in the space to experience these sounds is another matter — the piece hides itself from all but the most curious. The title refers to the fictional mode of transportation used by the eccentric confection magnate Willy Wonka in novels by Roald Dahl: a transparent elevator capable of traveling in any direction, and even into outer space

Glass Elevator (2014)
by Stephan Moore
Sound Installation for the vestibule of the Katonah Museum of Art
Medium: Audio transducers, sensors, microcontroller, computer with custom software, and recordings.


John Ruppert

On the South Lawn
May 2014 – May 2015

John Ruppert transforms prison-grade metal chain link into vessel-like forms that define volume yet remain ethereal and porous. At the KMA, the intense yellow industrial fencing is an unexpected element in the landscape, as is the mesmeric effect of the material’s shifting patterns. Ruppert’s 14-foot tall sculpture simultaneously contrasts and compliments its verdant surroundings. The artist created the piece specifically for the KMA campus.

Image Credit
John Ruppert
Yellow Orb/Homage to Van Gogh, 2014
Stainless steel and powder-coated chain link
122 inches high x 108 inches in diameter
Courtesy of the artist