18th Annual District Art Show

18th Annual District Art Show at Starr Library
Posted on 04/05/2024
18th Annual District Art Show

 The 18th Annual Rhinebeck Central School District Art Show

At Starr Library 


Artwork by Rhinebeck Central School District Students Kindergarten -12th Grade 

May 1 – May 31, 2024 

Opening Reception Friday, May 3, 4pm - 6pm  


The art teachers from Rhinebeck Central School are pleased to present a group exhibition of works by students attending Rhinebeck Central School District. This is the 18th year the district show will be held. Once again, students from grades K through 12 will present a body of 2-D and 3-D work containing a variety of media used in their academic classes. The show highlights the work of art by students studying with Fawn Johnson (CLS), Jennifer Famiglietti (BMS), and Kathryn Giles and Cynthia Baer (RHS). The goal of the show is to not only to celebrate the expertise students gain as they study within Rhinebeck Central Schools’ arts curriculum but also to remind the public of the value art has in the public-school setting and the resilience of our children as they ponder and experience the world. 


The exhibit includes both traditional and contemporary styles of work. While the artwork reflects students’ proficiency in using mixed media, pencil, charcoal, pastel, collage and assemblages, and acrylic painting, it also is representative of the themes and interests of the students. Some themes include local life, emotions, fantasy, and self-awareness, while others concentrate on students’ understanding of direct observation and balancing the elements and principles of art.  


This exhibit provides a glimpse of creative experiences Rhinebeck Central School students in grades K through 12 encounter as they participate in Rhinebeck’s course offerings and learn about visual art through multiple media. Beginning at the Elementary level, grades K – 5, students are taught the basics of mark-making, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and art-making through play. At the Middle School level, skills are scaffolded upon what was previously taught while media is expanded upon and a sense of responsibility and independence is emphasized as students work. Medias include clay, paint, stained glass, drawing medium, plaster, and printmaking. At the High School level, students begin in a foundation level course including Studio Art, Studio in Crafts, or Studio in Theater Design which satisfy NYS graduation credentials. They then can diversify into advanced courses which include Drawing & Painting, Graphic Design and Photography, Video Production, Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics, Mixed Media & Printmaking, and Advanced Senior Studio. Course offerings are based on enrollments on a year to year basis.


The 18th Annual Rhinebeck Central School District Art Show at Starr Library runs from May 1 - May 31, 2024. The public is invited to join faculty and students at a reception on Friday, May 3 from 4:00-6:00 pm. Starr Library is located at 68 W Market St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. It is open to the public Tues. – Thurs.,10am-7pm; Mon. & Fri., 10am – 5pm; and Sat.,1pm – 4pm.  For more information, contact Michelle Montalbano at 845.876.4030 or visit