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Student Art Showcase at NYSSBA

The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) is the statewide voice for the interests of public boards of education. One of the exhibits during the NYSSBA statewide convention was the Student Art Showcase which displayed student artwork from grades K-12 from across New York State. The Student Art Showcase was sponsored by the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA). Cortland Enlarged City School District had several students’ artwork featured in the art show.

Art teacher, Nadia Bieber said, “It was an absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to choose 2 student's artwork per art teacher for the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) to be exhibited at the New York School Boards (NYSSBA) Convention in New York City. These students demonstrated great care and pride in their creations, showing top craftsmanship and ability. They are natural artists with great instincts. We were so pleased these fine artists represented Cortland Schools!”

Nadia Bieber selected artwork from Porter Case, Barry School, and Ella Ligas from Virgil School. Both students created radial design mirrors that were inspired by Mexican folk art mirrors. This Art unit worked in collaboration with the 5th grade ELA unit on the book, "Esperanza Rising". Students used colored pencils, using a variety of techniques, and Repousse, metal tooling. Both Ella and Porter, worked from the center out, creating symmetrical, radial designs through the use of repeated designs. Nadia Bieber said, “the results were stunning! Both students created original and unique works of art! We were proud to have them represent Barry and Virgil schools!”

Jesse Bender selected Oliver Sherman and Nate DeRado's pieces to be shown in the show. Oliver demonstrated a unique ability to use chalk pastel to create one of his idols - Ezra Miller. Nate DeRado found inspiration in the cool colors of a photo of his collie and used a masterful blend of acrylic paints to create his work.   

Collin William’s self portrait is a project that he took on as a challenge. Asking a friend to help by taking his photograph in certain positions, Collin knew what he was looking for and was very proud of the results of his acrylic self-portrait. Dana Cavanagh is very serious when working on the projects in art class. The piece that was in this exhibit shows the mastery that Dana has with colored pencil. It placed second in this past years’ Imagination Celebration in the 7-8 Drawing category. Annette McMahon is “proud to be a member of NYSATA and have opportunities like this exhibit to showcase the work of Cortland students in a statewide setting.”

The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) is the statewide voice for the interests of public boards of education. NYSSBA serves nearly 660 local school boards and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), which represent almost 5,000 members – nearly half the elected officials in the state. In general, school board members who sit on local boards of education, are the educational leaders in their communities. They determine the policies that govern the operation of their local public school systems. They are elected local officials and, with few exceptions, volunteers. Collectively, they guide a statewide school system that expends over $58 billion, employs nearly 520,000 people and serves nearly 2.7 million children. Read more… 

The art department will continue to participate in the annual NYSATA/ NYSSBA Convention to represent the talent of our Cortland Student population in the arts.



Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

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