Pierson Students Use Art To Portray Their Recent Trip To Cuba | By Nicole Baryiski
This past February, 26 Pierson High School students traveled to Cuba as part of an educational tour. The visit was made possible thanks to the recent lifting of sanctions against the Caribbean island nation by President Barack Obama.
On Saturday, May 7th, The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum will present the first exhibit of its season, Cuba!, which explores the group's experience in the mysterious country.
"We signed up for this exhibit a while ago," said Peter Solow, an art teacher at Pierson High School, who chaperoned the trip and curated the exhibit. "They [The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum] jumped on the idea because they thought it was such a cool idea." The students were tasked with creating prints, mixed media pieces, and other works that were related to their trip.
When we spoke to Solow a few days before the exhibit opens, the students were still putting the finishing touches on their artwork and he was still working on the show's curation. "As is our norm, we haven't completely made the selection process. We're trying to represent as many kids as possible," he noted. "We have some really extraordinary photography and some really wonderful stuff. We're trying to put the best work in that we can and at the same time get a cross-section of the kids so everybody's represented who wanted to contribute." The exhibition will also include journal entries and photography.