20 Years of Word & Image: Arts in Education Continues with Second Exhibition at the Morean Arts Center

21 Dec 2016, Posted by Sarah Aldrich in Community, Events, News, Press Releases


December 2, 2016

20 Years of Word & Image: Arts in Education Continues with Second Exhibition at the Morean Arts Center
The second installation includes works from Elementary school students in Pinellas County

St. Petersburg, Fla. – On Friday, December 9, the Morean Arts Center continues its celebration of 20 Years of Word & Image: Arts in Education by showcasing works from Elementary school students in Pinellas County. The continuing theme is “On My Block,” and runs from December 9 through January 15 with a reception on Saturday, December 10 at 3:30pm.

Amanda Cooper, Curator of Exhibitions at the Morean Arts Center, said she chose the theme “On My Block” to connect students with their community as the Morean has done for residents and visitors of St. Petersburg for the past 100 years.

“The second exhibition differs from the first, which showcased high school students’ works, in that more color is present, yet some pieces can be as heartbreaking as those submitted by the older students,” said Cooper. “For example, one submission reads like an open letter to the county addressing the rising crime rate on their block.”

In contrast, Cooper stated how many submissions are surprising in the way they are so detailed and descriptive.

Sage Wannemacher from Sanderlin Elementary said, “My dad is a local brewer. In the brewery, my ears fill with sounds as the machines get to work – the smell of the basil, the hiss of the steam, the clank of the machines. The smell of the spices makes my mouth water!”

More than 1,200 individuals attend the openings over the course of the four shows, including local artists and educators who participated in the exhibition during its culmination who now include Word & Image in their own curriculum each year to encourage their students to delve into the world of art.

This year, 75 pieces are included in the second installation of 20 Years of Word & Image: Arts in Education. The exhibit is used as an exercise in art classes in the county. Teachers are tasked with choosing five submissions to be submitted to the Morean for final selection.

Michelle Varley-Crosby, a teacher from Perkins Elementary, has submitted works from her students in Word & Image since its inception. She believes there are not a lot of opportunities that provide a boost of worth and self-esteem like having a personal work of art on display.

In addition to exhibits featuring works of Pinellas County school students, the Morean Arts Center also offers various educational classes for youth and teens to immerse themselves in the world of art with the direction of a professional teacher.

20 Years of Word & Image is sponsored by the Hough Family Foundation and the Pinellas Community Foundation.

For more information, please call 727.822.7872 ext. 8 or go to


The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio & Hot Shop and the Morean Center for Clay.

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