Esperanza Academy Students Get First Solo Art Exhibition

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October 1, 2014. Woodmere Art Museum presents a stunning exhibition that showcases a a wide range of art from Esperanza Academy Charter High School. The high school, which serves a student body that is 92% Hispanic and 8% African-American, is located in North Philadelphia and is recognized as one of the country’s leading charter schools. Esperanza Academy’s mission is to “prepare critically thinking, socially capable, spiritually sensitive, and culturally aware young adults.”

This exhibition, entitled ART: Education, Observation, Actualization, highlights work by Esperanza Academy’s visual arts majors. Projects on view, such as introspective charcoal self-portraits, delicately painted botanical illustrations, and a breathtaking collaborative mural of the city of Philadelphia, chronicle the student’s growth as they progress through the major. The exhibition testifies to the strength of Esperanza Academy’s visual arts program and the tremendous talent of its students, which has blossomed under the direction of teacher Zafka Banks-Christensen.

Woodemere Art Museum is honored to present this impressive show, which is the first solo exhibition by Esperanza Academy students.

ART: Education, Observation, Actualization opened August 31 and will be on view until October 19, 2014. There will be a reception at the Museum to celebrate and honor the student’s work on October 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

For more information on the exhibition, contact the Education Department at 215-247-0948 or email education@woodmereartmuseum.org.

Woodmere Art Museum is located at 9201 Germantown Avenue. Admission to special exhibitions is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and FREE for students, children, and Museum members; exhibitions in the Founder’s Gallery and Helen Millard Children’s Gallery are FREE. (Woodmere offers free admission on Sundays, including all special exhibitions.) Museum hours are: Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.