Penn State Wilkes-Barre to host annual exhibit of high school students’ artwork

Two people talking while looking at a wall of gallery art.

A photo from last year's High School Art Exhibit at Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Friedman Art Gallery. This year's exhibit will open December 7.

Credit: Penn State

LEHMAN, Pa. — Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Friedman Art Gallery will once again feature the artwork of local high school students this winter. The fifth annual High School Art Exhibit opens Dec. 7 and runs through Jan. 31, 2024. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except when campus is closed during holiday breaks.

The exhibit includes more than 60 pieces of original local high school student artwork in the categories of two-dimensional drawings and paintings, photography, and three-dimensional artwork. Participating high schools include Lake-Lehman, Crestwood, Wilkes-Barre Area’s Creative and Performing Arts Academy (CAPAA) and Sue Hand’s Imagery. For the exhibit, the schools’ art teachers were asked to select and submit some of their best student artwork.

In conjunction with the opening of the exhibit, a “Celebration of the Arts” and holiday concert provided by the Wyoming Valley West Chamber Strings will be held on Dec. 7 from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Academic Commons Barry Auditorium. During the program, the musicians and artists will be introduced to the audience. This event is open to other local high school artists, family and friends along with campus staff, faculty and students. After the program, light snacks and drinks will be provided.

The Friedman Art Gallery, named for benefactors Sidney and Pauline Friedman, regularly displays the works of students and local artists, as well as private art collections. The gallery strives to promote, encourage and exhibit artworks of professional and amateur artists from the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus and surrounding communities.

To learn more about the Friedman Art Gallery or the exhibit, contact Jonathan Pineno, lecturer of music and art and director of the Friedman Art Gallery, at 570-675-9159 or [email protected].