Students from P-TECH Norwalk celebrated the opening of Teen Fusion on Wednesday evening, April 6, in the Student Gallery at the Silvermine School of Art. The student works on view are in graphic design. Students take Norwalk Community College (NCC) graphic design courses at P-TECH as part of the college program while they are also completing their high school academic program. The student reception included teachers, family, friends and Silvermine staff members.
The exhibition runs through April 25.
In attendance were P-TECH Founding Principal Karen Amaker and Instructor and Artist Mary Jo McGonagle. “P-TECH is fortunate to have Mary Jo on staff to allow students access to college level art courses. To have the opportunity to showcase their talent at the Silvermine Arts Center validates them as artists,” said Amaker, who was delighted to see her students’ work in a gallery setting. “It is so fulfilling to see my students develop their artistic skills over the course of the semester,” McGonagle added.
“Showing student art and design in the School gallery is part of Silvermine’s mission to deepen its engagement with the community and give students a chance to have their work presented to a wider audience,” said Barbara Linarducci, Silvermine CEO. “In its centennial year, Silvermine is continuing to expand its reach in art education—both through its outreach programs and its collaborations with scholarly programs that are revitalizing the teaching of art and design.”
P-TECH Norwalk (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) is an independent high school recognized by the state of CT. P-TECH partners with Norwalk Community College and IBM to afford students the opportunity to graduate from high school and earn a degree from Norwalk Community College (Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in as little as four years, but students are allowed up to six years to complete the college degree requirements. P-TECH Norwalk offers three possible associate degrees in computer science: software engineering, web development, and mobile programming. Upon graduation, P-TECH scholars are prepared to join the work force or may transfer to a four-year institution to complete their undergraduate degrees.
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Silvermine Arts Center is one of the oldest artist communities in the United States. Its fiveacre campus in New Canaan, Connecticut, consists of a nationally renowned artist guild, an awardwinning school of art offering classes for all ages, an arts and fine crafts shop, a permanent print collection, and a gallery offering over 20 contemporary and historic exhibitions annually. Silvermine is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that also offers an Outreach Education Program, Art Partners, and hosts lectures, film screenings, and special events. Silvermine Galleries are open 10am – 4pm, Tues. to Sat. and closed Sun. and Mon. For more information, visit www.silvermineart.org.